Judith H. Dobrzynski
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'Morgan: Mind of the Collector': A Mogul's Voracious Appetite for Art
Sampling J.P. Morgan's aesthetic treasures, which numbered more than 20,000 items.

October 9, 2017  •  The Wall Street Journal

Hartford, Conn.

Legendary financier J. Pierpont Morgan was also a renowned collector. In the 23 years before his death in 1913, a few weeks shy of his 76th birthday, he acquired more than 20,000 items. But what kind of collector was he?

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Art Walk Sexes Up the Upper East Side's Old Masters

October 2, 2017  •  Avenue Magazine

Who says the contemporary art world has all the sexy fun? Chelsea galleries may be known for their crowded, often boisterous Thursday and Friday night openings that spill out into the streets. But it's a bit of a secret that dealers in Old Masters, antiquities and 19th Century art also open their doors at night to the public in party mode—and there's no better example right now than October Art Week.

Coming up on Oct. 26, 19 galleries on the Upper East Side will kick off the festivities with evening receptions that run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. They'll be showing off works by Matisse, Hopper, Feininger, Renoir and many others. And serving up wine, of course, and other refreshments.

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Artisan: Contemporary Photographer Inspired by Old Master Paintings
Paulette Tavormina captures the marvels of nature in meticulously composed still lifes

October-November  •  Traditional Home

With the eye, or perhaps the soul, of an Old Master, Paulette Tavormina is a rare bird among contemporary artists. Her glorious still life photographs could hang comfortably alongside 17th- and 18th-century paintings by Dutch, Italian, and Spanish masters—which, in fact, they did recently at the legendary 225-year-old Colnaghi gallery in London.

Yet Tavormina's works are modern to their core, crystalline images in saturated colors showing flowers and fruits interspersed with insects, shells, snails, pottery, candles, skulls, books, and other props. They tell stories of love, loss, joy, sorrow, earthly abundance, and beauty.

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Review: 'Zurbarán: Jacob and His Twelve Sons, From Auckland Castle'
It's the first time a complete series by the Spanish master has traveled to the U.S.

September 25, 2017  •  The Wall Street Journal

Dallas

'Gather around, that I may tell you what will happen to you in days to come," Jacob tells his sons in Genesis. Gather around, I add, that I may tell you what will happen if you visit "Zurbarán: Jacob and His Twelve Sons, Paintings From Auckland Castle" at the Meadows Museum.

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Masterpiece: A Powerful Symbol of a Lost Civilization
Experts know little about the 5,000-year-old 'Sleeping Lady,' discovered in a Neolithic burial ground in Malta.

September 16, 2017  •  The Wall Street Journal

When construction workers accidentally uncovered a Neolithic burial ground in Malta in 1902, they stumbled upon quite a site. Dating from around 4000 to 2500 B.C., the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is a labyrinthine underground complex, decorated with red ocher spiral and honeycomb wall paintings and cut with bays, windows, carved roof supports and other architectural features mimicking those of contemporaneous above-ground temples. Inside, archaeologists discovered many artifacts and human bones, some amid ocher deposits, as if to represent blood.

Unesco, which in 1980 added the Hypogeum to its World Heritage list, calls it "one of the best preserved and most extensive environments that have survived from the Neolithic."

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