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The Athenaeum will close at 1:00PM on November 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday, and will reopen on Monday December 2nd.
Co-sponsored by the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion and The Victorian Society in America.
John Whitenight’s book Under Glass: A Victorian Obsession explores the world of Victorian glass domes and their collections of seashells, wax flowers, fruit, silk work, seeds, paper and more. One of the topics covered is “nature contained” or the way in which the Victorians included natural history in their home decor. Ornithological studies were de rigueur in many 19th century parlors. Mr. Whitenight will also discuss and illustrate the steps involved in creating a glass dome of stuffed birds and will unveil one of his own creations where he has used all the 19th century techniques. Members of the audience who also collect Victorian glass domes are encouraged to bring one to show Mr. Whitenight. No appraisals will be done. John Whitenight began collecting glass domes in 1973. He currently owns 175 domed displays. Book signing to follow; light refreshments served.
Saturday, November 2, 2:00PM
The Chandelier Rises
Rosemary Flannery’s fascination with the architecture of Paris led to the creation of her book, Angels of Paris, which focuses on the sublime details of angels depicted on Parisian buildings through the ages. Ms. Flannery’s talk will focus on the evolution of artistic trends, with an examination of buildings such as a medieval hostel, an abbots’ townhouse, an apartment residence and churches with angelic details from the Gothic period, through to the Renaissance, Baroque, Haussmanian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. Rosemary Flannery has lived in France since 1989 and enjoys dual French-American nationality. She graduated with honors from Columbia University in 1985 with a degree in French language and literature, and studied with Professor Claude Mignot, an authority on Parisian building façades, at the Sorbonne. While at Columbia she co-produced and hosted French Encounters, a public-access television program on French culture produced in conjunction with the French Embassy. In 2005 she created and produced The Art Beat, a weekly cultural magazine for Paris Live Radio, an Internet radio station; several of her programs have been picked up by BBC World. Book signing and reception to follow.
Thursday, November 21, 5:30PM
La France à Philadelphie: Joseph Bonaparte and the French Influence in 19th Century Philadelphia
December 7-8, 2013
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