The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, October 20, 2014


Morgan Library complements fall season with touchstones of art, literature, and music
Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757), Fuga K. 30, 1756 (?). The Morgan Library & Museum; Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection, 2011. Photo: Graham S. Haber.
NEW YORK, NY.- The Morgan Library & Museum’s fall exhibition season includes touchstones of art, literature, and music—from drawings by Leonardo da Vinci to a survey of Edgar Allan Poe’s works to a reuniting of two manuscript copies of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Complementing these exceptional items are over twenty diverse works from the Morgan’s permanent collections, presented as part of the ongoing exhibition series, Treasures from the Vault. These objects are on view in Pierpont Morgan’s 1906 Library from October 8–February 9, 2014.

HIGHLIGHTS
Typically, Medieval Gospel Books featured a portrait of each author—Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John—at the preface to his Gospel. In addition to harking back to antique tradition, such portraits also functioned as bookmarks, since medieval manuscripts were neither foliated nor paginated. The portraits in the twelfth-century English codex on view are unusual as they depict each evangelist riding atop his symbol. Because the symbols derive from the Old Testament, this iconography hints at the New Testament’s dependence upon but superiority to the Old Testament.

The first real images most Europeans saw of the New World were maps published three years after Hernán Cortés’s conquest of the Valley of Mexico. Two such sixteenth-century maps are on view, depicting the capital of the Nahuatl (Aztec) civilization, Tenochtitlan—complete with Moctezuma’s palace and a public zoo—and the Gulf of Mexico, marking the first time Florida is named on a map.

For over three hundred years, Books of Hours were a popular means of assisting the faithful with their devotions, teaching children to read, and recording family histories. Some small and precious Books of Hours, however, functioned less like a book and more like a piece of jewelry. The ornamental quality of the sixteenthcentury manuscript on view—illuminated by Simon Bening, the last and greatest Flemish illuminator of that century—was enhanced two centuries later when its owner commissioned its elaborate, detachable gilt silver filigree binding.

Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to King Henry VIII, contrived the king’s marriage to Anne of Cleves. In Cromwell’s letter to Sir Nicholas Wotton, the king’s ambassador in Cleves, he urged him to “use therfor ye Wisedom and Dexteritie herin to satisfie his [Majestry] accordingly.” The marriage was a disaster and led to Cromwell’s execution for treason and heresy.

Presented for the first time is a significant recent music acquisition, a newly identified copyist manuscript for the music of Domenico Scarlatti and Antonio Soler, both of whom were in service to the Spanish court of Maria Bárbara. Because no autograph manuscripts of Scarlatti’s or Soler’s music survive, copyist manuscripts that can be definitively linked with the composers carry great importance. The piece on view by Scarlatti was dubbed The Cat’s Fugue because the opening, dissonant theme skips about as if a cat were walking upon the keys.

The first edition of Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, was published in nine volumes, two of which are on view. As Sterne himself noted in a letter to actor David Garrick, the first two volumes had “made a great noise” and the author tried to compete against pirated editions by signing some volumes of the genuine edition as a mark of authenticity.

Charles Dickens enjoyed great success in America, a fact confirmed by a letter from his wife, Catherine, to her sister-in-law. Written shortly after the couple’s arrival in Boston, the letter describes the author as being “perfectly worshipped, and crowds follow him in the streets even.” She goes on, “The people are most hospitable, and we shall both be killed with kindness.”

More than fifteen years passed after the premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida before he debuted a new opera, Otello, to great acclaim at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in 1887. Verdi would have been seventy or seventy-one years of age when he quickly sketched the early draft of the scene between Cassio and Iago on view.

Despite his description of James Joyce’s Ulysses as “a depressing book” that “no one in their right mind could possibly enjoy,” E. M. Forster believed “it is, possibly, a masterpiece.” Around 1934 he drafted the article on display in support of Ulysses, which was first published in Paris in 1922 but banned in the United States and England until the 1930s. In it, Forster calls on fellow authors to support the novel’s publication and to fight censorship.





Today's News

October 12, 2013

Painting in Brussels 1450-1520: Exhibition explores the heritage of Rogier van der Weyden

Early Reflections: Major David Hockney exhibition opens at Walker Art Gallery

Definitive Giacometti masterpiece to highlight Christie's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

Exhibition at The Phillips Collection reveals a different side of Vincent van Gogh

Underwater archaeologists find over two thousand 1,500-year-old treasures in Lake Titicaca

Morgan Library complements fall season with touchstones of art, literature, and music

"Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers" opens at the Hudson River Museum

Not Yet Titled: Museum Ludwig unveils a completely new presentation of the collection

The Morrison Gallery unveils Donald Gummer exhibition of wall reliefs and bronze and steel sculpture

Sotheby's announces "Arts of the American West: A Collection from the David J. Brown Family"

Irish Museum of Modern Art reopens with major retrospective of the work of Eileen Gray

Solo exhibition of work by artist Ryan McGinness opens at Bridgette Mayer Gallery

Fall Asian Decorative Arts Auction at Bonhams San Francisco achieves over $2.15 million

The Campbell Sports Center named Best New Building in Municipal Arts Society 2013 MASterworks Awards

Keno Auctions announces Fall Sale of Important Fine and Decorative Arts

25 Blythe Road announces Islamic, Indian, Himalayan and South East Asian Works of Art Sale

Exhibition of recent work by John O'Connor opens at Pierogi

Monumental signature 'thread' installation by Chiharu Shiota on view at Towner

Ebb & Flow exhibition explores historic artistic exchange between east and west

Flood: Marlborough Chelsea presents works by Mike Bouchet in newly renovated galleries

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- 1949 Studebaker original Grateful Dead band truck from the 60's offered at Michaan's

2.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

3.- Agatha Christie's lost diamonds discovered in old suitcase are offered for sale at Bonhams

4.- Kama Sutra: Spirituality and Erotism in Indian Art explored in new exhibition in Paris

5.- Ancient cave drawings in Indonesia are as old as famous prehistoric art in Europe

6.- Empress Eugenie's Feuilles de Groseillier brooch to be offered at Christie's Geneva

7.- Roman Emperor Augustus' frescoed rooms unveiled for first time after years of restoration

8.- Dallas Museum of Art and University of Texas at Dallas partner to form new art history institute

9.- Degas's famous sculpture Little Dancer celebrated in exhibition at National Gallery of Art

10.- Artist Fujiko Nakaya's fog art wraps Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site