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Aeschylus’s Persian Queen: An Actor’s Craft

SITI Company rehearses Persians
In rehearsal: Ellen Lauren (foreground) as the queen of Persia; Will Bond (left) as the Messenger

Bringing alive an ancient queen. More»

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A Guide to Aeschylus’s “Persians”

Ellen Lauren as Persian Queen Atossa against a backdrop of golden drapery
Play in progress: Ellen Lauren as Persian Queen Atossa against a backdrop of golden drapery. Photo: Sara Radamacher

A theater-goer’s guide to the western world’s oldest play. More»

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Getty Voices: Backstage at the Villa

AV staff setting up the tech booth in the Getty Villa's Outdoor Classical Theater, July 2, 2013.
AV staff setting up the tech booth in the Outdoor Classical Theater, July 2, 2013.

What does it take create live theater? Art, creativity, plotting, paperwork, energy, love, and tears. Plus lots of caffeine. More»

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Reimagining Euripides: A 21st-Century “Trojan Women” at the Getty Villa

Playwright and dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke and SITI Company director Anne Bogart
Playwright and dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke and SITI Company director Anne Bogart

First performed over 2,400 years ago, Euripides’ Trojan Women is one of the most enduring and moving of classical dramas—and one of the greatest antiwar plays. Beginning September 8, renowned New York-based theater troupe SITI Company premieres a newly commissioned… More»

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      #ProvenancePeek: July 31

      Every art object has a story—not only of how it was made, but of how it changed hands over time until it found its current home. That story is provenance.

      This small panel by Dutch master Gerrit Dou (photographed only in black and white) is now in the collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. It was sold to American collector Robert Sterling Clark, an heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune, in the summer of 1922.

      How do we know this? Archival sleuthing! A peek into the handwritten stock books of M. Knoedler & Co. (book 7, page 10, row 40, to be exact) records the Dou in “July 1922” (right page, margin). Turning to the sales books, which lists dates and prices, we again find the painting under the heading “New York July 1922,” with its inventory number 14892. A tiny “31” in superscript above Clark’s name indicates the date the sale was recorded.

      M. Knoedler was one of the most influential dealers in the history of art, selling European paintings to collectors whose collections formed the genesis of great U.S. museums. The Knoedler stock books have recently been digitized and transformed into a searchable database, which anyone can query for free.

      Girl at a Window, 1623–75, Gerrit Dou. Oil on panel, 10 9/16 x 7 ½ in. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts


      #ProvenancePeek is a monthly series by research assistant Kelly Davis peeking into #onthisday provenance finds from the M. Knoedler & Co. archives at the Getty Research Institute.

      07/31/15

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