From 1968 through the mid-70s, photographer Bill Cunningham set out to photograph models in period costumes in front of beautiful historic settings around the city in a project called Facades (an exhibition of which opens at the New-York Historical Society on March 14). A lot can happen in New York in 40 years, but thankfully, many of the backdrops for his photographs are still standing.
This image was taken at 17 Grove Street in Manhattan, which...Read More
Written by Claire L. Lanier, N-YHS Social Media and Content Manager
Our story starts with a crime: On November 11, 1983, a marble Peplophoros statue—along with 15 other items—was stolen from the historic Villa Torlonia, once home to famous Vatican banker Giovanni Torlonia, whose family owned the property for nearly 200 years. The statue, just a few feet tall, depicts a woman wearing a peplos, or body-length garment, common in ancient Greece. (What we might incorrectly...Read More
Next week, Beauty's Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America opens at the New-York Historical Society. The exhibition examines the popular resurgence of portraiture in the United States during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century, when many families—enjoying newfound wealth brought on by industrial expansion—sought to document those their new wealth benefited.
One such woman was Caroline LeRoy Appleton Edgar, who was Mrs. Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte when this miniature was commissioned by Peter Marié, a New York socialite who commissioned...Read More
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