The Morgan Library & Museum, one of the world’s major exhibition venues for fine art, literature and music is a New York historic site. The Collection began as the private library of financier John Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), a preeminent collector and cultural benefactor.
The JLGreene Foundation supported the Morgan Library in 2017 with two exhibitions:
Masterpieces from the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (Feb 9 –May 14, 2017) The core holdings of the Nationalmuseum of Stockholm were assembled by Count Carl Gustaf Tessin (1696–1770), a diplomat and one of the great art collectors of his day. On assignment in Paris from 1739, Tessin came into contact with the leading artists of the time and commissioned many works from them. By the time he left Paris in 1742, he had amassed a truly impressive collection.
The drawings included in the exhibition were by Italian masters such as Domenico Ghirlandaio, Raphael, Giulio Romano, and Annibale Carracci. Northern European artists were represented in the exhibition by Dürer, Rubens, and Rembrandt, among others. The French drawings included works by Jacques Callot and Nicholas Poussin, as well as Count Tessin’s French contemporaries, Boucher, Chardin, and Watteau.
Henry James and American Painting (June 9 – Sept 10, 2017) was the first museum exhibition to explore the fascinating intersection of James’ writings and the works of expatriate American artists whom he befriended. The exhibition includes a rich and eclectic selection of more than fifty paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, photographs, manuscripts, letters, and printed books from two dozen museums and private collections in the United States, Great Britain, and Ireland. Together they weave an evocative story of fascinating artistic intersections. Works included by American artists such as John La Farge (1835–1910), John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), and James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903).
This exhibition was curated by Declan Kiely, along with Colm Toibin, the renowned Irish novelist and Jamesian specialist.