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Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinet Animals Detail 2 MFA Author's Own (5)

This week’s cabinet is from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  I had the distinct pleasure of viewing these exquisite red coral specimens first hand, a previous story from The Burlington had keyed me to their history and craftsmanship. The footnotes to the article hold all the delish details. Continue reading


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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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