Judith H. Dobrzynski
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An Enveloping Battle Between Kings
Masterpiece: The Lion Hunt Reliefs

May 9, 2015  •  The Wall Street Journal

A roaring lion, reared up on his hind legs, an arrow through his brow, faces his opponent: a king who holds him at arm's length with one bare hand and plunges a short sword through his stomach with the other. This king, muscles visible in his forearm, embodies might, the victor even in a one-on-one battle with a ferocious king of beasts.

On its own, this powerful scene would stop many museum-goers in their tracks. Yet it is just one image in a roomful of them, artfully carved into alabaster panels that are collectively known as the lion hunt reliefs. Housed since 1856 at the British Museum, they date to seventh-century B.C. Assyria and rank among the finest relics of ancient civilization.

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Met Founds Research Institute Centered on Lauder's Cubist Gift

March 19, 2015  •  The New York Times

When the cosmetics magnate Leonard A. Lauder was trying to decide which museum should inherit his $1 billion collection of Cubist art, he asked those he was considering how they would keep the collection alive as a focus of intellectual inquiry and public interest. "We wanted to avoid the usual 'donation, installation, catalog and then what?' " said Emily Braun, Mr. Lauder's longtime curator.

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Spring Museum Exhibitions, From Masks to Renoirs

March 19, 2015  •  The New York Times

Here's a sampling of promising exhibitions around the country this spring.

Northeast

BOSTON "Arlene Shechet: All at Once." The first museum survey of art by this sculptor, who specializes in using clay, includes more than 150 of her often colorful, glazed, polymorphic works. June 10 through Sept. 7. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Avenue; 617-478-3100, icaboston.org.

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Otis Kaye: His Subject Was Money

March 12, 2015  •  The Wall Street Journal

New Britain, Conn.

Otis Kaye—you've probably never heard of him. Even many art historians do not recognize his name. But "Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery, and Mastery," a small exhibition here at the New Britain Museum of American Art, shows this eccentric artist, who sold only a few pictures in his lifetime (1885-1974), to be well worth knowing.

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Rothschild Family Treasures Find a Resting Place in Boston

February 23, 2015  •  The New York Times

As the granddaughter of the Baron and Baroness Alphonse and Clarice de Rothschild of the banking and collecting dynasty, Bettina Burr recalls being mesmerized by one of the couple's storied paintings. The work, by the English portraitist George Romney, showed his muse, a coquettish young Emma Hart, the mistress of Lord Nelson, dressed in frills and wearing a jaunty hat. "I remember stopping and just staring," Ms. Burr said. "She has so much allure, you couldn't help but ogle her."

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