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Please note: West Building is now closed through October 7, 2022, to complete an exciting reinstallation of the People’s Collection. During this time enjoy free exhibitions on view in East Building, indoor and outdoor events and programming, and the 164-acre Museum Park. We’re excited to welcome visitors back to a new Museum experience starting October 8, 2022. Learn more about this project.

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Celebrating People in Action

Our CFO salutes the generosity of volunteers.

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Arts and Exhibitions

Sargent’s Israel and the Law

The rare painting is a large oil study for one of John Singer Sargent’s murals in the Boston Public Library.

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Torah Silver Combines Beauty and History

How one of the earliest complete sets of English Torah silver came to North Carolina

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The Nerve: Painting over a Rembrandt

Once all the offending overpaint was removed, a stunning, original self-portrait of a 28-year-old Rembrandt emerged.

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Rembrandt Person or Not Rembrandt Person?

Our esteemed curator of Northern European art has a confession to make.

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Tears for Lucretia

Let me be frank. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it happen more than once. Someone moved to tears by a painting? Yeah, right! But it’s true. Lucretia, depicting a bleeding, heartbroken, dying figure, is obviously a tearjerker. We’re seeing it in the galleries quite frequently. One visitor’s sobs prompted a guard to ask if she needed assistance; another’s pacing in front of the painting was sad and intense; a pair of women in conversation on a nearby bench, tearful, emotional. I’m a guy. Honestly, I don’t get it. However, I do get that the ability to pull powerful emotions with strokes of a paintbrush is real genius.

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Masters among Us

For our first juried college art exhibition, accompanying Rembrandt in America, NCMA educators collaborated with a curatorial class at UNC–Chapel Hill…

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New in the American Galleries: George Bellows

Painted in 1916 during a summer in Maine, Dock Builders depicts the hard laboring lives of Down East people.

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Revisiting the Thing in the Window

I shared my frustration at not being able to identify the curiously shaped “thing in the window.” A number of readers offered suggestions.  I side with those who think it was a plant, perhaps a potted something-or-other that has bent toward the sunlight streaming in the window.  But what kind of potted plant?

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