FrontRunners: Met Doubleheader

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The father of American portraiture and the father of the United States of America are featured in two complementary exhibits this winter at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org). Gilbert Stuart, the most popular American portraitist of his day (1755–1828), painted everyone who was anyone—including George Washington more than 100 times. It is said that when the president first sat for Stuart in 1795, Washington seemed bored with the process. However, Stuart’s painting belies his subject’s disposition, capturing the man’s dignity rather than his ennui. In addition to this and several other Washington portraits, Gilbert Stuart, shown through January 16, 2005, includes early Stuart portraits produced in Newport, R.I., and those painted just before his death. Also at the Met, through February 27, is George Washington: Man, Myth, Monument, a selection from the museum’s collections of various artists’ paintings, drawings, sculptures, and decorative arts depicting the war hero and president.

When the air had cleared after the frenzy of New York’s spring art auctions, players and spectators...
This circa-1900 pink-swirl marble is in what Dan Morphy calls “wet mint condition,” or as pristine...
Photo by Bob Tursack
Maya Angelou’s art collection focused on works by African-American masters...
The display is part of a hotel-wide renovation that will be completed by the end of the year...
Heritage Auctions will also offer Mickey Mantle’s rookie card and Mike Ditka’s Super Bowl playbook…
Photo by Cordero Studios⁄corderostudios.com
Charles and Judy Tate assembled a world-class collection of Latin American art—and then gave it all...
Photo by The Strong, Rochester, N.Y.
The American game culture is almost as old as the country itself...
Photograph by Ron Pierson, courtesy of Guernsey's
The bounty from the sunken ship includes 40 tons of silver and gold valued at $450 million…
Photo by Michael Richter
Visitors trekked to Maastricht, the Netherlands, for the March opening day of the European Fine Art...
The 13 new portraits include images of Douglas Cramer, Judy Garland, and Ernesto Esposito…