January 2011 Archives

Christie's 2011 Green Auction

New York/London/Hong Kong - January 19, 2011 - Christie’s International, the world’s leading art business, and Runway to Green announce the second annual “Bid to Save the Earth” Green Auction. The online auction, powered by charitybuzz.com, is open from March 17th to April 7th and the Live Event, hosted by Christie’s at Rockefeller Center, will take place on March 29, 2011. 

The Green Auction environmental partners include the core 2010 partners: Oceana, Conservation International, NRDC and Central Park Conservancy, which harness their collective efforts to design local, national, and international solutions for the most urgent environmental threats confronting humanity.Christie’s is very pleased to be partnering with Runway to Green - a pioneer in greening the fashion industry - and four of the most acclaimed NGO’s in the world,” said Edward Dolman, Chairman of Christie’s. By hosting the Green Auction, Christie’s is taking the lead with innovative ways to raise crucial funds and awareness for the preservation of our planet, and we are happy to be a global catalyst in such a noble endeavor.”


The 2011 Green Auction marks the inaugural partnership with Runway to Green (RTG). The unprecedented collaboration between these two organizations brings together top art collectors, philanthropists, financiers, and environmentalists with the fashion community, utilizing their combined influence to raise funds and awareness for the preservation and sustainability of our planet. “This collaboration constitutes one of the most important commitments made on behalf of the fashion industry to learn and address its impact on the environment,” said Runway to Green Chairman Lorenzo Roccia. “It uses the power and reach of the industry to deliver a global message about the relevance and necessity to be educated on our individual role and responsibility in protecting the environment.”

Runway to Green will host a fashion show on the night of the live auction and make designer collection selections available online through - -Net-a-Porter-- who will be the exclusive online retailer of the collection for the launch. Proceeds from the sale of the collection will also be divided among the beneficiary organizations.

Runway to Green’s involvement in this initiative links the fashion industry to the NRDC’s Clean by Design program recently launched to promote improvement in the environmental impact of  the apparel sector. The NRDC will work closely with each of the designers in the program to provide an education on the negative effects of mainstream production and on ways to be more green and efficient.

In order to make ‘BID’ as green-inclusive as possible, the online auction will carry the majority of celebrity and once-in-a lifetime experiences, so that anyone -- anywhere -- in the world has a chance to BID by logging on and pitching in. The Bid to Save the Earth ACTIONEER Award contest invites the general public to join this movement by submitting their stories and personal initiatives, which demonstrate how they are engaging their communities, and making a positive impact on the environment. The emphasis will be on grassroots actions of conservation, which are already set in place, have achieved measurable results, and are ongoing projects. Entries will be submitted via www.abidtosavetheearth.org and will be accepted between February 1, 2011 and March 1, 2011.

The March 29 event will be hosted by: François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek, David and Susan Rockefeller and Graydon and Anna Carter, in association with Vogue magazine. The evening will also debut the Runway to Green collection with a fashion show co-styled by Vogue’s Fashion Director, Tonne Goodman and Vogue’s Contributing Editor, Tabitha Simmons .  Susan and I are delighted to be co-chairs again this year for “Bid To Save The Earth’” said David Rockefeller, Jr. “We all must do our part to protect the natural world for our children’s children. Everyone can support the Green Auction through the Internet - a truly democratic way to stand up for Mother Earth. 

We are pleased to announce that Bid to Save the Earth will be a carbon neutral event and we are working with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to provide the carbon offset for the event. Please visit www.BidtoSavetheEarth.org  for more information on the online and live auctions.

In addition to bidding in the online auction, the public is invited to make a symbolic bid for the environment by texting “gogreen” to 20222 to donate $10. Funds from text “gogreen” will go towards Bid to Save the Earth beneficiaries.

Those interested in sponsoring or contributing to this charitable cause may contact: 
Toby Usnik at tusnik@christies.com.

Christie’s will waive all fees and commissions for the auction.


TWITTER at twitter.com/Bid2SaveEarth 

FACEBOOK at Facebook.com/A-Bid-To-Save-The-Earth


Toby Usnik, New York +212.636.2680 tusnik@christies.com 
Alexandra Buxton, London+44.20.7389.2117 abuxton@christies.com 
Yvonne So, Hong Kong +852. yso@christies.com 
Megan Salt, Vogue + megan_salt@condenast.com 
Jenny Powers, NRDC +1.212.727.4566 jpowers@nrdc.org 
Kevin Connor, Oceana +1.202.467.1910 kconnor@oceana.org 
Scott Johnson, CPC +1.212.310.6641 sjohnson@centralparknyc.org 
Kim McCabe, CI +1.703.341.2546 k.mccabe@conservation.org 
Glenda Luft +1.646.315.2664 gluft@charitybuzz.com 
Caroline Bassett +1.212-744-0218 bassettmediarelations@gmail.com 

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business had global auction and private sales in 2009 that totaled £2.1 billion/$3.3 billion. For the first half of 2010, art sales totaled £1.7 billion/$2.57 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s has 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in emerging and new markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai. (www.christies.com)

About Runway to Green 

Runway to Green is a fundraising model that brings together today’s most important and relevant fashion designers  to raise funds, educate and create awareness for the environment. Selected leading designers and brands are dedicating or creating an item of their choosing as part of their Fall 2011 collection for Runway to Green. The pieces will be sold worldwide through the designer’s stores, online, select department and retail stores making this truly a global initiative. A percentage of proceeds from sales will go to Runway to Green, which in turn funds leading environmental organizations. (www.runwaytogreen.com) 

About the Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, the NRDC’s lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have been working to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Chicago; Livingston; Montana; and Beijing. (www.nrdc.org) 

About the Central Park Conservancy 

The Central Park Conservancy's mission is to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park, in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The CPC is a private, not-for-profit organization, founded in 1980, that manages Central Park under a contract with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, corporations, and foundations, and the City of New York, the Conservancy has invested more than $550 million to date in the park, making it a model for urban parks worldwide. The Conservancy raises more than 85 percent of Central Park's annual $37.4 million annual park-wide expense budget and is responsible for all basic care of the park. (www.centralparknyc.org) 

About Conservation International 

Built upon a strong foundation of science, partnership, and field demonstration, Conservation International (CI) is committed to helping societies adopt a more sustainable approach to development - one that considers and values nature at every turn. Founded in 1987, CI has some 900 employees working in more than 30 global offices and 1,000+ partners around the world. (www.conservation.org) 

About Oceana

Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the world's oceans. Its teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers, and advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to reduce pollution and to prevent the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals, and other sea life. Global in scope and dedicated to conservation, Oceana has campaigners based in North America, Europe, and South and Central America. More than 500,000 members and eactivists in over 150 countries have already joined Oceana. (www.oceana.org) 

About charitybuzz 

A leader in cause marketing, charitybuzz (www.charitybuzz.com) aligns nonprofits with international brands and celebrity icons to raise funds through innovative online auctions. Featuring pop culture experiences, VIP events, luxury travel, fine art, couture fashion and sports memorabilia, charitybuzz brings its online community of upscale, socially conscious bidders exclusive opportunities to make a difference. The company enables its bidders to truly doGOOD and liveWELL, generating millions of dollars for charities around the globe. To learn more, please visit www.charitybuzz.com, email info@charitybuzz.com, fan us on facebook at www.facebook.com/charitybuzz or follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/charitybuzz. 


One of 100 pieces of original groundbreaking ‘Little House’ artwork by famed illustrator Garth Williams
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - Famed illustrator Garth Williams’ original graphite 1953 cover art for Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder - familiar image to anyone that has read the classic books since the Fifties - will be part of Heritage Auctions’ Feb. 11 Signature® Illustration Art Auction in Beverly Hills. It is expected to bring $8,000+ and joins 99 other Little House drawings, spread across 30 lots, in the auction.
“So many of us saw America’s heartland through the eyes of Garth Williams, through these exact drawings,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Operations of Comics & Comic Art at Heritage, “and the cover is the most famous of them all. With his wonderful soft-pencil art, Williams conveyed the majesty of the prairie, but also the warmth of a family that had to stick together through all of its hardships.”
Williams' scenes of the close-knit frontier family and all of their hardships have become accepted as the definitive versions, though they did not see print until the early 1950s, when they replaced the extremely stylized versions by Helen Sewell that had been used since the 1930s.
Williams "certainly had no roots in any part of the Wilder country,” wrote Harper editor Ursula Nordstrom years later of the British-born artist, “but as we know, thought-kin is closer than blood-kin, and Garth certainly had all the emotional equipment, as well as the technical, to illustrate these wonderful family books."
“Williams went on a six-month trip to research his drawings, meeting with Wilder in Mansfield, MO, and also journeying to other states where the well-traveled Wilder family lived growing up,” said Sandoval. “Little House on the Prairie, set near Independence, KS, has sold eight million copies worldwide and Williams’ artwork has played a huge part in that.”
In October of last year Heritage sold the original cover art, plus 41 interior drawings, from Charlotte’s Web, also illustrated by Williams, in a sale that made international news when the cover art brought more than $155,000.

Additional items from the Garth Williams Estate will also be featured in the upcoming April 7-9 Signature Rare Books Auction in New York; these offerings include numerous original pencil sketches and ink drawings, dust jacket art, character studies, and other preliminary artwork from Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Rabbits’ Wedding.
Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $600 million, and 500,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.
Want to get the up-to-the-minute updates and breaking news stories about Heritage Auctions? Get them as they happen at: www.Twitter.com/HeritageAuction; Facebook: www.HA.com/Facebook.To view a compete archive of Heritage press releases go to: HA.com/PR.

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AUSTIN, Texas—The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, received $137,015 from the Council on Library and Information Resources’ (CLIR) Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant for “Revealing Texas Collections of Comedias Sueltas.”

The Ransom Center holds more than 14,000 “comedias sueltas,” a generic term for plays published in small pamphlet formats in Spain from the late 17th through the 19th century. Purchased in pieces, generally in collections of bound volumes, the materials have been described as one of the major collections of Spanish dramatic literature in suelta form in North America.

While portions of the collection are minimally cataloged, the grant “Revealing Texas Collections of Comedias Sueltas” will allow for the creation of individual database records for each suelta, making the information available on the Ransom Center’s website. The grant also includes cataloging more than 600 sueltas at the Cushing Library at Texas A&M University.

“The records will be an excellent resource for scholars interested in the history of the Spanish book,” said Richard Oram, Ransom Center associate director and Hobby Foundation librarian. “Literary and bibliographical scholars will find scores of unique but previously invisible titles, performing arts historians will discover arcane titles in all manner of theatrical genres and students of music history will find what are effectively libretti of musical works. Cross-disciplinary projects using the sueltas can certainly be foreseen.”

Scholars may be surprised by the chronological scope and depth of the Texas sueltas holdings which range from the classic period of the genre in the 18th century into the early modern era. Many provide a glimpse into popular Spanish theatrical and musical entertainment genres with some of the works overlapping with the better known “zarzuela.”

Among some of the represented dramatists in the earlier sueltas is Pedro Calderón de la Barca, regarded as one of Spain’s foremost dramatists and one of the finest playwrights of world literature. The works of Lope de Vega, Matos Fragoso, Alarćon, Mirade Amerscua, Rojas Zorilla, Vélez de Guevara, Tirso de Molina, Leandro Fernández de Moratín and Ramón de la Cruz are also present in the collection.

           The project will be completed by February 2014.

           High-resolution press images are available.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $490,700 to the University of Pennsylvania Libraries to create online cataloging records for 33,500 titles in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library Culture Class Collection. Administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Program, "Promoting Research through Rare Book Cataloging Partnerships" is a three-year grant that will provide access to the Penn Libraries' original rare book collection.

The project will rely heavily on contributions from students studying in relevant disciplines who, together with other project cataloging staff, will create dynamic, constantly evolving bibliographic records that will not only serve as initial points of discovery for scholars but also present results of new research.

"Mellon and the CLIR program continue to enable the Libraries to make more accessible a vast trove of Penn's most unique collections," said H. Carton Rogers, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries. "Because of this grant, we are able to reveal a rare collection of significant scholarly value to the Penn community and beyond."

The Culture Class Collection contains a remarkable wealth of materials documenting European and American print culture, in its widest sense, from the early Renaissance through the end of the nineteenth century. Highlights of the collection include 470 incunabula from the earliest decades of printing, a 1528 edition of Homer's works owned by King Henry VIII and signed by his son, the future King Edward VI, hundreds of titles from the English Restoration of the 1670s and 1680s, including one annotated by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, over 1,000 pamphlets from the French Revolution, thousands of Dutch proclamations, numerous seventeenth- and eighteenth-century broadsides and pamphlets from the German state of Braunschweig, an exceptional collection of works by and about the German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz that documents his early reception, and over 500 early printed editions of Aristotle, many in vernacular translations and many with commentaries.

The collection is notable for the enormous amount of copy-specific information contained within the individual volumes. Many are in contemporary bindings, such as one with the Medici family coat of arms in gold and colors on the cover, while others hold a wealth of information about provenance and use, including evidence of censorship and of readers' responses to the texts. The project will not only increase scholarly access to and use of one of the Penn Libraries' finest collections of rare books, but will also show, through detailed descriptions and copious reference citations, how titles in the collection have been used and received by scholars.

Regan Kladstrup
Head, Rare Book Cataloging
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
(215) 746-6398

Allen New Director of CalRBS

Dr. Susan M. Allen Named Director of California Rare Book School

The California Rare Book School (CalRBS), a project of the Department of Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS) at UCLA, has announced the appointment of Susan Macall Allen to the position of Director of the California Rare Book School (CalRBS), commencing March 7, 2011.  She will succeed Dr. Beverly Lynch, CalRBS’s Founding Director.  Dr. Allen is currently Associate Director and Chief Librarian for Development and Collaborative Initiatives at the Getty Research Institute (GRI), an operating program of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Dr. Allen was Chief Librarian of the Research Library at the Getty from 1999 to 2009.  It was during this period that she became involved in CalRBS, first as a member of the Advisory Committee and then as a faculty member.  Between 2006 and 2010 she taught “Introduction to Special Collections Librarianship,” “Donors & Libraries,” and “History of the Book, 200-1820.”  Previously she was head of the Department of Special Collections, Young Research Library, UCLA; and director of Libraries and Media Services at Kalamazoo College from 1993 to 1997.  Prior to 1993, she held several posts in the Libraries of the Claremont Colleges, including head of Special Collections.

Dr. Allen was chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Standing Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations.  She also served on the Council of the Bibliographical Society of America; the board of the American Printing History Association; and the Board of Visitors and Governors of St. John’s College.  Currently she serves on the boards of The Book Club of California and the Zamorano Club of Los Angeles and on the Steering Committee of the California Preservation Program.  She has spoken often and published extensively on undergraduate use of rare books and manuscripts, the future of research libraries, history of the book topics, rare book theft, and library security.  She has taught regularly at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia as well as at CalRBS.

Dr. Allen received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; a further master’s from St. John’s College; and her Ph.D. from UCLA.  

Dr. Lynch is Professor of Information Studies at UCLA.  Under her leadership, the California Rare Book School took shape and offered courses for the first time in August 2005.  CalRBS is a continuing education program dedicated to providing the knowledge and skills required by professionals working in all aspects of the rare book community, as well as for students interested in entering the field.  Lynch established an Advisory Committee for the school composed of recognized leaders in research libraries, rare books and manuscript collections (aka “special collections”), and in the antiquarian bookselling community.  Courses at CalRBS are taught by faculty who are both established scholars and experienced teachers.  CalRBS courses directly benefit from a wealth of special collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archival materials in the Los Angeles area.  

CalRBS operates with the support of the Ahmanson Foundation, the Council on Library & Information Resources, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Getty Foundation, The Book Club of California, the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library & Center for 17th-and-18th Century Studies, and the Zamorano Club of Los Angeles.         

The UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) includes two departments - the Department of Education and the Department of Information Studies. Together, the two departments embody the school's commitment to understand and improve educational practice and policy, information policy and information systems in a diverse society. GSE&IS’s academic programs bring together faculties and students committed to expanding the range of knowledge in education, information science and associated disciplines. Its professional programs seek to develop librarians, teachers, administrators and information professionals within the enriched context of a research university.

Shaena Engle, engle@gseis.ucla.edu                                                                      310/206-5951

London Rare Book School 2011

The London Rare Books School 2011
Institute of English Studies, University of London

The London Rare Books School (LRBS) is a series of five-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects to be taught in and around Senate House, University of London.

The courses will be taught by internationally renowned scholars associated with the Institute's Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies, using the unrivalled library and museum resources of London, including the British Library, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the University of London Research Library Services, and many more. All courses will stress the materiality of the book so you can expect to have close encounters with remarkable books and other artefacts from some of the world's greatest collections. Each class will be restricted to a maximum of twelve students in order to ensure that everyone has plenty of opportunity to talk to the teachers and to get very close to the books.

In 2011, the LRBS will run for two weeks: 27 June to 1 July and 4 July to 8 July. The courses planned are:

Week One: 27 June - 1 July

1. The Book in the Ancient World
2. Children's Books, 1470-1980
3. European Bookbinding, 1450-1820
4. A History of Maps and Mapping
5. An Introduction to Bibliography
6. The Medieval Book
7. The Printed Book in Europe 1450-2000

Week Two: 4 July - 8 July

1. The Anglo-Saxon and Carolingian Book, c.600-1050
2. An Introduction to Illustration and its Technologies
3. Modern First Editions: Dealing, Collecting and the Market
4. Modern Literary Manuscripts
5. Reading, Writing, and Sending Texts 1400-1919

Each course will consist of thirteen seminars amounting in all to twenty hours of teaching time spread between Monday afternoon and Friday afternoon. There will be timetabled 'library time' that will allow students to explore the rich resources of the University's Senate House Library, one of the UK's major research libraries. The evening programme will include an opening reception and talk, a book history lecture, and receptions hosted by major London antiquarian booksellers.

Postgraduate credit is available for these courses at the Institute, which is one of the ten member-Institutes of the University of London's School of Advanced Study. In order to achieve the award of credit a student will have to complete and pass a 5,000 word essay within two months of the course (an extra fee to cover marking and other costs will be charged).

The fee will be £550 which will include the provision of lunch, and coffee and tea throughout the week. A small number of bursaries are available.

A range of different sorts of accommodation will be available including cheap student housing (on a bed and breakfast basis) close by Senate House; Senate House is next to the British Museum in the heart of Bloomsbury.

Further details and application forms can be found at:  http://ies.sas.ac.uk/cmps/events/courses/LRBS/index.htm

DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke University Libraries have received a $1.25 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a new senior conservator position to help care for the Libraries’ extensive research collections. During the next three years, the Libraries will raise a matching $1 million to endow the position, while $250,000 of the grant will allow the Libraries to proceed with appointing someone before the endowment is fully funded.

The new senior conservator position will help the Libraries to address a growing need to preserve and make accessible a wide variety of materials that are currently unavailable to researchers or could be damaged by use because of their fragile condition. It will also allow the Libraries’ Conservation Services Department to expand partnerships on campus and throughout the Triangle area.

The demand for skilled conservation professionals has never been higher, as historical library collections age and technology poses new questions about long-term access to information. A recent survey of Duke’s Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library (RBMSCL) indicated that nearly one-third of its holdings require conservation treatments. That translates to a significant need: the RBMSCL has collections of more than 350,000 printed volumes, 20 million manuscripts, and 200,000 photographs, in addition to numerous other formats, from ancient papyri to born-digital records. Many of these materials come with unique conservation needs that must be addressed before researchers can use them.

Duke’s experienced team of library conservation professionals serves as a local and regional resource on a range of conservation-related issues. Conservators regularly collaborate with other Duke units, such as the Nasher Museum of Art and the Center for Documentary Studies, and with partners in the Triangle Research Libraries Network (North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). The addition of a senior conservator will increase the department’s level of expertise and the opportunities for outreach and conservation education to the community.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has generously supported several other Duke University Libraries initiatives. Previous Mellon grants are helping to develop a portal for integrated access to international papyrus collections; a next-generation, open-source library system that fits modern library workflows; and campus-wide institutional strategies for managing and preserving Duke’s vast and varied digital assets.

“We could not realize our most ambitious goals without the Mellon Foundation’s generous support,” said Deborah Jakubs, Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs. “Our research collections are both deep and diverse in coverage and a powerful draw to scholars working in many disciplines. By improving our ability to preserve these materials for the next generation, this grant is supporting not just Duke, but the entire scholarly community.”

Contact / For more information
    •    Aaron Welborn
    •    aaron.welborn@duke.edu
    •    919-660-5816

Morgan Library Shakespeare Exhibit

The Morgan Library & Museum Presents Exhibition Focusing on the Controversial Shakespeare Portrait Question

Includes First U.S. Showing of Two Recently Identified Works: The "Cobbe Portrait" of Shakespeare and a Sixteenth-Century Painting of Shakespeare's Patron, the 3rd Earl of Southampton

Also on View is a Copy of the Morgan's First Folio Edition of Shakespeare Plays and Three Additional Portraits, including One Acquired by Pierpont Morgan 

The Changing Face of William Shakespeare Opens February 4

New York, NY, January 4, 2011—In 2009, when the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon unveiled a previously unidentified portrait with strong claims to be the only surviving contemporary likeness of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), it created an international stir. The Jacobean-era painting had hung unrecognized for centuries in an Irish country house belonging to the Cobbe family, and bore significant resemblance to the famous engraving of Shakespeare in the First Folio of his plays.

In a new exhibition at The Morgan Library & Museum entitled The Changing Face of William Shakespeare, the Cobbe portrait, together with a recently identified sixteenth-century portrait of Shakespeare's patron Henry Wriothesley, the 3rd Earl of Southampton, is being presented in the U.S. for the first time. Also on view will be three additional portraits of the playwright, including one acquired by Pierpont Morgan in 1910, an original copy of the 1623 First Folio, and a copy of Shakespeare's 1593 poem Venus and Adonis, dedicated to the earl. 

Together, the works offer insight into the questions surrounding authentic images of the great playwright, an issue of significant scholarly interest and debate. Both the quality of the Cobbe portrait, thought to have been painted around 1610, and recent technical analysis suggest it is the first in a series of portraits claimed to depict William Shakespeare. The Cobbe portrait bears a Latin inscription, taken from a poem by Horace, addressed to a playwright. Both the Shakespeare portrait and the painting of the earl were inherited by Archbishop Charles Cobbe (1686-1765). In the eighteenth century the Cobbe family was connected by marriage to Southampton's descendants.

The best known image of Shakespeare is Martin Droeshout's posthumous engraving in the First Folio, and the earlier Cobbe portrait has certain costume and design similarities to it, indicating that it may have served as a source for Droeshout. The portrait acquired by Pierpont Morgan, founder of The Morgan Library & Museum, is almost unknown, usually having hung in private offices inside the institution. Also on view, in addition to the portraits and books, is a 1596 royal gift roll that records Southhampton's New Year's gift to Queen Elizabeth I.

"The issue of determining authentic lifetime portraits of William Shakespeare is a fascinating one and the recent identification of the Cobbe portrait adds to the debate," said William M. Griswold, director of The Morgan Library & Museum. "This exhibition provides context for a discussion that is certain to continue among scholars and those interested in the work of history's greatest playwright.


The Changing Face of William Shakespeare is on view through May 1. It is organized by Declan Kiely, Robert H. Taylor Curator and Department Head of Literary and Historical Manuscripts at The Morgan Library & Museum.


Lectures, Discussions, and Dramatic Readings

Rome and Rhetoric: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Garry Wills

Distinguished scholar Garry Wills (Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer), Professor of History Emeritus, Northwestern University, presents the final lecture in a series about Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. This program is a collaboration with The Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities at Bard College.
Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 p.m.

Shakespeare and Southampton

Stephen Greenblatt

The relationship between Shakespeare and the androgynous 3rd Earl of Southampton has long been a subject of speculation and conjecture. In this illuminating evening of performance and commentary, Harvard University professor and bestselling author of Will in the World, Stephen Greenblatt, will examine the connections, real and hypothetical, between the Bard and his young friend, whose astonishing portrait will be on display alongside Shakespeare's at the Morgan. Actors will read selections from the Sonnets and the two poems Shakespeare dedicated to Southampton, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. Performers to be announced. Presented in collaboration with The Shakespeare Society.
Wednesday, March 23, 7 p.m.

Shakespeare Works: Much Ado About Nothing 
The Morgan hosts an evening of conversation and readings as part of The Shakespeare Society's popular "Shakespeare Works" series. These week-long residencies are aimed at supporting the performance and production of Shakespeare in New York City and creating connections between the theatrical and academic communities. Featuring Olivier-award winning actress Eve Best (Hedda Gabler) and noted actor Jonathan Cake from Tealight Productions's Much Ado About Nothing. Moderated by Michael Sexton, artistic director, The Shakespeare Society.
Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m.

Family Program

Tonight, Tonight: Romeo and Juliet Meet on the West Side

How do you turn a four-hundred-year old play into a Broadway musical set in 1950s New York City? To coincide with The Changing Face of William Shakespeare, opera singer and educator Jennifer Greene leads an interactive, family-friendly exploration of West Side Story, the modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless classic Romeo and Juliet. Children will compare scenes from Shakespeare's play to the musical's libretto, hear performances by live artists, and have an opportunity to sing along with musical selections. Appropriate for ages 6-14.
Saturday, April 9, 2-3 p.m.

Gallery Talk

The Changing Face of William Shakespeare

Declan Kiely, Robert H. Taylor Curator and Department Head, Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, The Morgan Library & Museum

Friday, March 18, 7 p.m. 

For ticketing and further information on these and other programs, please visit www.themorgan.org/public or call 212-685-0008, ext. 560.

The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. Today, more than a century after its founding in 1906, the Morgan serves as a museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. In October 2010, the Morgan completed the first-ever restoration of its original McKim building, Pierpont Morgan's private library, and the core of the institution. In tandem with the 2006 expansion project by architect Renzo Piano, the Morgan now provides visitors unprecedented access to its world-renowned collections of drawings, literary and historical manuscripts, musical scores, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, printed books, and ancient Near Eastern seals and tablets. 

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The Morgan Library & Museum

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Artist Unknown, Seventeenth Century (c.1610), William Shakespeare, oil on panel. 24 1/4 x 14 3/4 inches (53.9 x 37.5 cm). Collection of Archbishop Charles Cobbe (1686-1765), Cobbe Collection 

Shakespeare, William (1564-1616), Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies. London, printed by Isaac Iaggard and Ed. Blount, 1623. Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1896; PML 5122.

Les Enluminures Publishes Book

Binding and the Archeology of the Medieval and Renaissance Book is the first in a series of specialized catalogues LES ENLUMINURES gallery will publish as part of its Twentieth Anniversary Year celebration.
Gallery owner Sandra Hindman says the 32 manuscripts featured in this new catalogue “Hold special interest because of their beautiful original bindings and because the collection includes one of only two known bi-colored velvet Renaissance bindings, a precious English textile binding, and a remarkable Sienese binding with a painting of Mary Magdalene on its cover.”
          PARIS Dec 1 -- Binding and the Archeology of the Medieval and Renaissance Book is being published November 30 by the Parisian gallery, LES ENLUMINURES (www.lesenluminures.com) as part of a series of celebratory events in connection with the Twentieth Anniversary Year of the well known specialists in museum quality Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts and art.
          Dr. Sandra Hindman founded the gallery, located opposite The Louvre in Paris at the Le Louvre des Antiquaires, in 1991 and has seen it become among the top ranked sources for the most significant manuscripts and art entering the market.
          Les Enluminures clients include major museums and private collectors on five continents and the gallery is a featured exhibitor at the world’s most prestigious antiques and art fairs in New York, Paris, Maastricht and London.
          Hindman divides her time between her Paris gallery and her offices in Chicago and has written many books on the subject.
          Binding and the Archeology of the Medieval and Renaissance Book includes a carefully selected array of 32 manuscripts that Hindman says, “Hold special interest because of their rare, original and often spectacularly beautiful bindings.”
          The elegantly designed catalogue includes two or three color pictures of each manuscript, along with brief descriptions of each.  There is also a scholarly introduction, diagrams of bindings, and a glossary. 
          “We are really pleased to have acquired several extraordinarily rare examples including one of only two known bi-colored velvet Renaissance bindings, a precious English textile binding, and a remarkable Sienese binding with a painting of Mary Magdalene on its cover.”
          “This is just the first in a series of catalogues we intend to publish annually.  Our new series fulfills a goal of mine to make text manuscripts accessible to a wider audience.  It will allow us to treat themes we cannot treat comprehensively on our website and gives us something substantial to share with libraries and text manuscript enthusiasts here and abroad.”
          Specific themes of upcoming catalogues will focus on manuscripts that appear on  Les Enluminures 10-year-old site www.textmanuscripts.com.
          “I know the catalogues we are publishing for our Twentieth Anniversary Year will be of considerable interest to private collectors but above all to libraries all over the world, who are some of the principal clients of www.textmanuscripts.com.”
          Hindman also says,  “A second catalogue is already in preparation for release during 2011, our actual anniversary year.  It will focus on Bibles and things biblical.  It is being timed to coincide with the many other events worldwide that will be celebrating the 400th anniversary year of the publication of the famous King James Bible.”
          Among other activities LES ENLUMINURES plans for its Twentieth Anniversary Year is its inaugural participation in Masterpiece London, a high end fair the end of June that attracted a great deal of attention this year when it was staged for the first time.
          “We are delighted to have been invited into what is being called the best new addition to the international world fair circuit in years.”  Hindman says Les Enluminures will feature a selection of miniatures, manuscripts, and rings she feels will appeal to the many serious art connoisseurs expected to visit the London event.
          Les Enluminures will begin the year exhibiting in New York both at The Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory (Jan 21-28) and at the C.G. Boerner Gallery (Jan 19 - Feb 5 at 23 East 73 Street) as part of Master Drawings Week.  In March Hindman will present important examples of Medieval and Renaissance art at TEFAF, Maastricht.
          “We are very excited about our spring show at our Paris gallery. It will be a special anniversary exhibition on the history of the gallery highlighting some of our historic sales to museums in each area in which we specialize, which includes miniatures, manuscripts, works of art, and Medieval and Renaissance rings.  Several new acquisitions in each of these fields will be offered too. Later in the year we plan an exhibition on medieval costume, tentatively titled “Dressing Up and Dressing Down in the Middle Ages.”
          Hindman extended the current show at the Paris gallery, FRANCE 1500: The Pictorial Arts at the Dawn of the Renaissance, to January 1st when it will travel to New York and then to Chicago. FRANCE 1500 will be shown at the Joel Oppenheimer Gallery, (Wrigley Building 410 North Michigan Avenue) from April 12 - 23, to coincide with the Art Institute of Chicago show February 26 - May 30, titled 'Kings, Queens, Courtiers: Art of Early Renaissance France.”  That show originated in Paris in October as “Entre Moyen Age et Renaissance: la France de 1500.”  It was organized by the Reunion des Musees de France and will remain on view at the Grand-Palais from October 6 - January 10.
          The 53 works Hindman selected for the FRANCE 1500 show “Reveal the artistically complex and productive period when the arts and their patrons were changing into what we might consider ‘modern’ times at the end of the Middle Ages and beginning of the Renaissance.  In the decades straddling the start of the 16h century some of the most important Manuscripts, Books of Hours, Single leaves and cuttings, Coffrets with early xylographs and Stained glass were created.”
          Hindman says many collectors have visited the  www.lesenluminures-france1500.com web site to experience the "Virtual" Tour of the FRANCE 1500 exhibition, with its "Turn the Pages" feature, a boon to galleries featuring illuminated manuscripts and books. “It really gives connoisseurs access to artworks on display they’ve never been able to enjoy in this way before.”
For more information or copies of the catalogue, interviews and high resolution images please contact Susan Bishopric at THE BISHOPRIC AGENCY at  susan@susanpr.com or 212 289 2227.
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