Napoleon-age practice raises eyebrows

A recent Ask the Experts inquiry alerted Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programming Jonathan Canning to an error on the label for Portrait of a Young Man attributed to Raphael in the Music Room of historic Hyde House. According to Canning, it should read “transfer to canvas from panel.” Canning wrote: “It was quite a…
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Two women, in love with one artist

An exhibition at Tate Modern in London is a retrospective of the works of Dora Maar, a lover and muse of Pablo Picasso’s. Included in the exhibition is The Conversation, a painting that addresses the complicated relationship the artist Maar had with Marie-Thérèse Walter, Picasso’s longtime lover. Walter ultimately had Picasso’s child in 1935, the…
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Study proves benefits of art experiences

Earlier this month, the World Health Organization’s Europe office released a report that links art experiences to improved physical and mental health. Art promotes good health, prevents a range of mental and physical health conditions, and can help treat and/or manage acute and chronic conditions that occur throughout life, the report states. At The Hyde,…
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What’s in a signature? Maybe not much …

Jonathan Canning, director of curatorial affairs and programming at The Hyde, fields most of our Ask the Curator questions. A recent question came in asking about how museums handle unsigned artworks. Canning’s reply: “If a work of art is unsigned, a curator interrogates it, asking a number of questions, in an attempt to identify the…
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Murder Mystery Tour

POLICE REPORT CASE TITLE: Mysterious death at fundraiser DATE/TIME REPORTED: 6 pm Friday, November 15 LOCATION: Hyde House, 161 Warren St., Glens Falls, New York INCIDENT TYPE/OFFENSE: Murder REPORTING OFFICER: Detective VICTIM: Reginald  Wayne NARRATIVE: Join the Detective and the Tour Guide as they investigate a colorful cast of suspects and the history of Hyde…
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History of alabaster bust unclear

A recent Ask the Curator question left at the front desk wanted more information about the sixteenth-century alabaster bust of St. Augustine in the Music Room. Jonathan Canning, The Hyde’s director of curatorial affairs and programming, wrote the following: St. Augustine Holding the Trinity, 16th century German? Alabaster The Hyde Collection, Bequest of Mrs. Charlotte…
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Words on Nature: Writing Workshop

10:30 am to noon Wednesday, November 13 For author Johannah Spero, leading writing workshops is even better than teaching high school English, a job she loved early in her career. “Participants in the workshop are enthusiastic and actually want to be there,” she laughed. “I leave every workshop feeling inspired.” Spero is particularly excited about…
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Artworks tell history of intimate affairs

An article in The Guardian examines centuries of sexual secrets hinted at in artists’ masterpieces. It’s a fun read, with a little centuries-old gossip of who stepped out with whom, including artists represented in The Hyde’s permanent collection (Van Dyck, Rubens, da Vinci, Raphael). It ends, though, with a quick look at Picasso who, it…
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The power of nature, harnessed

1 to 4 pm Sunday, November 10 Many Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region focus on the idea climate change. This Art Lab, we will explore the beauty of nature, the destructive power of human actions, and problem solving. Participants of all ages are invited to create collage works that express the individual’s thoughts on…
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Peek-a-boo! We have a surprise for you!

10:30 am Friday, November 1 Have you played peek-a-boo and delighted your child when he or she sees your face? Object permanence is the understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be seen, heard, touched, smelled, or sensed in any way. Babies think a ball is gone when it is hidden in…
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