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Posted on Nov. 29, 2018 by Thea Page
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Something rare and golden will be unveiled in the Huntington Art Gallery this weekend. Beginning Dec. 1, four tempera-with-gold-leaf panels from an altarpiece by Florentine Renaissance master Cosimo Rosselli...
Posted on Sep. 19, 2018 by Thea Page
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In an exciting "first" for The Huntington, visitors this fall will be able to watch and learn about the conservation treatment of Thomas Gainsborough's iconic masterpiece The Blue Boy through a special...
Posted on Aug. 9, 2018 by Thea Page
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What wildly popular 19th-century painter had throngs of Londoners lining up to catch a glimpse of canvases so sensational and operatic that some swooned at the sight? ...
Posted on Jul. 6, 2017 by Thea Page
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You might skip right past it. In a room of the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing dominated by kaleidoscopic starbursts...
Posted on May. 9, 2016 by Thea Page
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You don’t forget meeting a man like John Svenson. I got a brief opportunity in 2011 when he came to The Huntington for a photo shoot in the galleries housing the exhibition
Posted on Feb. 25, 2016 by Thea Page
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Surprise! There are 11 new acquisitions on view in one room in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art right...
Posted on Aug. 21, 2015 by Thea Page
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The painter, social critic, and editorial cartoonist William Hogarth (1697–1764) set the standard for modern English satire. He saw caricatures imported from the Continent and argued for the creation...
Posted on Jul. 3, 2015 by Thea Page
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The year was 1976, and the country was 200 years young. The gritty film Rocky filled movie theaters and a new TV show, “The Bionic Woman,” flashed across TV screens. It was a time happily poised between...
Posted on Jan. 22, 2015 by Thea Page
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If asked to recall the accomplishments of Samuel F. B. Morse (1791–1872), most people would cite his role in developing Morse code. Many would be surprised to learn he started his career as a painter This...
Posted on Dec. 23, 2014 by Thea Page
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The Huntington Art Gallery has a cool holiday tree again. Last year, a cacophony of colorful piñatas covered the noble fir, a concept developed by designer
Posted on Oct. 10, 2014 by Thea Page
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The Huntington’s recently acquired The Three Witches or The Weird Sisters, painted by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) in about 1782, goes on view tomorrow in the Huntington Art Gallery. It’s one of three...
Posted on Jan. 14, 2014 by Thea Page
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Did you join the millions of Americans who made New Year’s resolutions a couple of weeks ago? If you're determined to travel more and get plenty of exercise in 2014, The...

Posted on Nov. 5, 2013 by Thea Page
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Exactly 141 years ago today, a determined band of women in Rochester, N.Y., broke the law by voting in the presidential election of 1872. One of them was noted suffrage advocate...

Posted on May. 31, 2013 by Thea Page
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The love affair between The Huntington and the paintings of Thomas Gainsborough is nearly 100 years old. Since Henry E. Huntington began collecting Gainsborough's work in 1911, the institution has presented...
Posted on Mar. 22, 2013 by Thea Page
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A special treat for art aficionados is now on view in the Huntington Art Gallery. Just outside the Thornton Portrait Gallery (where hangs the famous Blue Boy) is a rare double portrait of The Cheeke Sisters:...
Posted on Nov. 28, 2012 by Thea Page
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In theory, putting on an art exhibition is a rather formulaic process. You develop a theme, select works, design a layout for the gallery, and then, in the final weeks before opening, the show is installed...
Posted on Jul. 25, 2012 by Thea Page
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Everyone who visited The Huntington noticed him Standing eight feet high, on a two-foot pedestal, the figure of the god of the sea, Neptune, loomed large over all who passed in front of the Library building...

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May. 22, 2019 by Natalie Russell
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