Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and the Marquand Music Room (Hardcover)

Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and the Marquand Music Room By Alexix Goodin (Editor), Kathleen M. Morris (Editor), Melody Deusner (Contributions by), Hugh Glover (Contributions by), Alexix Goodin (Contributions by), Kathleen M. Morris (Contributions by) Cover Image

Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and the Marquand Music Room (Hardcover)

By Alexix Goodin (Editor), Kathleen M. Morris (Editor), Melody Deusner (Contributions by), Hugh Glover (Contributions by), Alexix Goodin (Contributions by), Kathleen M. Morris (Contributions by)

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During the 19th century, New York City’s grand mansions on Fifth and Madison Avenues boasted sumptuous interiors, often with each room decorated in a different historic style. Financier, art collector, and philanthropist Henry Gurdon Marquand famously commissioned eminent British painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912) to create the Greco-Pompeian music room for his home. This beautiful publication documents and examines the celebrated design, which included an elaborately decorated Steinway grand piano, a large suite of matching furniture, and an embroidery scheme for the upholstery and coordinated curtains. Alma-Tadema secured Frederic Leighton to create a major painting for the room’s ceiling and Sir Edward Poynter to paint the piano’s fallboard. One of Alma-Tadema’s most famous paintings, A Reading from Homer, was painted for this room. For the first time since Marquand’s death in 1902, the contents of this exceptional room have been brought together and considered in light of Marquand’s patronage, Alma-Tadema’s career, the firm that manufactured the furniture, and the social function of the music room.   

Distributed for the Clark Art Institute


Exhibition Schedule:

Clark Art Institute
(06/04/17–09/04/17)

Alexis Goodin is curatorial research associate at the Clark Art Institute. Kathleen M. Morris is Sylvia and Leonard Marx Director of Collections and Exhibitions and curator of decorative arts at the Clark Art Institute. 
Product Details ISBN: 9780300226676
ISBN-10: 0300226675
Publisher: Clark Art Institute
Publication Date: July 18th, 2017
Pages: 232
Language: English