Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinet from Walters Art Museum

Morgan Library and Museum is on my special list of New York museums that must be experienced, and with that stated, the following bit of research being done in their archive gives a new twist on smell and memories.  Christine Nelson, curator of literary and historical manuscripts at the Morgan, and a group of students from the GSAPP, gathered in the conservation lab, deeply inhaling the scents of a selection of old books to consider what the environment may have smelled as in 1906, the year that John Pierpont Morgan’s stately McKim, Mead and White-designed library was completed. Continue reading

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Flaming June

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Leighton’s recently completed works, including Flaming June and The Maid with the Golden Hair, photographed in his studio in 1895. Photograph: Bedford Lemere/The Historic England Archive, H

The beauty of Flaming June fills my senses every time I see her; my skin imagines the feel of the apricot gold silk brushing against it, the scents from oleander and the summer sun tease.  In the cold, barren days of winter, the girl in repose promises better days bursting with sunshine and soft breezes. Continue reading

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