The Coming of the King - Circa - NCMA - North Carolina Museum of Art
John Coffey

John Coffey is deputy director for research, the Jim and Betty Becher Curator of American and Modern Art, and curator of Judaic art at the NCMA.

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  1. Richard Pardue - Reply

    January 04, 2019

    A characteristically pungent and illuminating - for its author - exegesis of a majestic and compelling work of art!
  2. John Robert Wallace - Reply

    March 29, 2020

    I accidentally caught the brief televised episode of "Saul" on TV yesterday and was fascinated by it. The presentation of the statue's history, transportation, floor reinforcement, restoration, and final placement was fascinating. In one of Story's books, he has an hagiographic section on Michaelangelo that allows one to see his influence on Story and this particular sculpture that is a boon to the museum's collection.
  3. Robert Barrett - Reply

    June 15, 2020

    I attended Rendcomb College in Gloucestershire 1969-1976 and Saul was the dominant view on entering the school entrance hall - only ever known as Sauls Hall - regrettably 11-18 year old boys were pretty ignorant about Sauls significance and rarely gave him the reverence he deserves but will always be part of the memory for hundreds of us Old Rendcombians and one day may hope to make the trip to revisit the old chap !
  4. John Coffey - Reply

    July 10, 2020

    Mr. Barrett, I had the pleasure of visiting Rendcomb College to inspect "Saul" just before the final decision was made to acquire it for the NCMA. What amazed me was that "Saul" had sat brooding for almost a century in the midst of a school and yet there was no evidence of mischief--none except for that amputated toe. Rendcomb students may not have appreciated American sculpture, but they were not vandals. And for that we are truly grateful.
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