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  1. 15 Oct
    Mon / 2012
    George Romney was born in 1734 in Dalton-in-Furness, a small town near the scenic Lake District in the northwestern part of England. He was one of 11 children born to Anne Romney and her furniture-maker husband, John. At the age of 10, George was removed from school to apprentice to his father. Although he would later teach himself the history, drama, poetry, and classical literature considered necessary as artistic sources, his technical training as...

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  2. 08 Oct
    Mon / 2012
    George Romney rose from provincial obscurity to become one of the most fashionable portrait painters in 18th-century London. The story of his remarkable rise to fame is a tale that illuminates the debates, concerns, and hopes of artists during a period of momentous change in the British art world. This Sunday, Rienzi opens its fall exhibition, "Visions of Fancy" . . .

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  3. 17 Sep
    Mon / 2012
    This coming Sunday afternoon, Timothy Hester, fortepianist and associate professor at the University of Houston, will be performing “A Pair of Haydns and a Pair of Mozarts” in Rienzi’s intimate Gallery. Two Haydns? I knew of one—Franz Joseph Haydn, who dominated the 18th century with symphonies and string quartets—from my ill-fated childhood piano lessons. But there were two?

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  4. 13 Aug
    Mon / 2012
    Once the sculpture’s restoration in its many phases was complete, an additional challenge remained: getting the 800-pound piece back to Rienzi. The project required some calculated planning and a pinch of fairy dust.

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  5. 13 Aug
    Mon / 2012
    The restoration of 'La Fée aux fleurs' was a six-month process. "I had never seen the sculpture 'Tinker Bell,' but its existence had acquired an almost mythical quality. It was obviously of some significance, possibly French 19th-century. Ingrid and I thought that if we removed all the rust and old paint that obscured the intricate details, and invested a lot of time, the cast-iron sculpture might look impressive again.

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