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  1. 18 May
    Wed / 2011
    Last weekend HGO Studio performed Love, Loss, and Solitude in Rienzi's Gallery. Selections came from Debussy, Schumann, Sondheim, and Mandel, among others.  What really struck me was how just feet away, Rienzi's Breakfast Room, is where Angelica Kauffman's Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus usually hangs. The painting depicts Ariadne on the island of Naxos, where her lover, the Greek hero Theseus, left her after he promised to marry her when she saved him from a labyrinth where...

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  2. 22 Apr
    Fri / 2011
    Of the many examples of English portraiture in Rienzi’s collection, a favorite is that of Rienzi’s youngest sitter, Esmé Stuart, 5th Duke of Lennox and 2nd Duke or Richmond—a grand title for a small boy of about 3 or 4 years old. The painting, attributed to Jan Weesop, a Flemish painter active in England around 1650, was the topic of a recent Gallery Talk in Rienzi's Ballroom. Helga Aurisch, curator of European art at the MFAH, spoke...

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  3. 25 Mar
    Fri / 2011
    The azaleas are in full bloom at Rienzi! Yesterday we headed outside for a mini photo shoot: check out the slideshow at right. There are many varieties of this flowering, yet shade-loving bush. At Rienzi, you can see Judge Solomon, Pink Ruffle, Pink Pearl, Dixie Beauty, Formosa, Daphne Salmon, President Clay, G.G. Gerbing, Fielder’s White, and Kate Arendall azaleas. They are native to Asia, Europe, and South America and have been cultivated for hundreds of years. In...

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