Category Archives: Collection

The Story behind Harpo’s Benton

A few months back I spoke to Bill Marx, son of Harpo Marx, about his father’s purchase of Thomas Hart Benton’s Spring on the Missouri (1946). Bill let me know about a sketch for the painting—previously unknown to scholars—that the artist had sent his father. This past December, with the generous help of NCMA Trustee [...]

Where Did Bacchus Go?

Caroline introduces a fresh look at a classical sculpture

Three New Judaic Acquisitions

John shares excitement for new Judaic acquisitions

A Hair-Raising Experience

Perry reveals the secrets of Elizabethan hairstyles for men

Arms for Art and Other Shenanigans

Conserving sculpture to tell a story

Hanukkah Lamp

John describes timely changes in the Judaic gallery

The Last Sleep

Laura describes a 19th century classic.

Medusa Mystery

Laura tackles one of the most enigmatic paintings in the collection

Three Elements

Intern Sarah Parks reflects on minimalist sculpture

Lincoln and the War of Ideas

Nathan finds links to Lincoln in the American galleries