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Posts From December 2011

  1. 19 Dec
    Mon / 2011
    For some, the Christmas season is not only a very festive time of year, but one of devotion and reflection. Rienzi has several paintings pertaining to the reflective nature of Christmas. One of these paintings is Saint Joseph and the Christ Child, painted by the Italian Guido Reni between 1638 and 1640, is on view year round in Rienzi's Library. Reni created many remarkable devotional paintings during the Catholic Counter-Reformation.  Against his father’s wishes, Reni became an...

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  2. 16 Dec
    Fri / 2011
    While many of you are bustling around, shopping for gifts or decorating your homes for the holiday season, Rienzi is busy doing the very same thing! Every December the atmosphere at Rienzi reflects that of the holiday season; the house becomes a bit cheerier and holiday embellishments grace our rooms. Before Rienzi became part of the MFAH, the Masterson family celebrated Christmas in the home and now, as a museum, we try to keep...

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  3. 15 Dec
    Thu / 2011
    This past Tuesday, Christie’s New York auction house held a sale of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry, 80 pieces totaling a whopping $116 million.  At the top of that list, was a necklace featuring one of the most celebrated pearls known in the world – La Peregrina. The pearl is familiar in Rienzi’s gallery, where it is prominently depicted in a full-length portrait of Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain from 1605.  The jewel made its way to...

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  4. 15 Dec
    Thu / 2011
    I arrived at Rienzi a few minutes early this morning, coffee in one hand, my lunch of leftover saag paneer in the other. I was a little on edge, for my a.m. drive in was unnecessarily stressful. When I entered my office, which is an off-view bedroom at Rienzi, nick-named the Septapus Room after a psychedelic seven armed octopus that is painted on the walls, ironically, I felt an instant calm. Psychedelic murals aside, the Septapus...

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  5. 07 Dec
    Wed / 2011
    On Thursday, December 1st Rienzi hosted a conversation with Megan and James Silk, two-thirds of the trio from Feast Restaurant on lower Westhemier. Feast is a European-style restaurant that follows a “nose-to-tail” philosophy, advocating for the consumption of the whole animal, no bits left behind. At the reception before the main event, Feast provided the 60 guests with a course of hors d’oeuvres from their restaurant. Later on in the program, they revealed...

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