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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 13 Aug
    Mon / 2012
    It’s a rare treat to find something you already own and enjoy it like new. A gift of that sort recently came to the museum, when a discovery made in a storage room resulted in a magnificent addition to Rienzi’s sculpture collection. A cast-iron sculpture of a winged fairy and cherub shows the pair delicately perched on a circular mount, holding a tendril of flowers between them.

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  4. 13 Aug
    Mon / 2012
    This summer we are wishing "buenas vacaciones” to one of Rienzi’s paintings: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s The Nativity is on holiday, loaned to the read more »

  5. 13 Aug
    Mon / 2012
    Once upon a time, in Provence, the best one could hope for was a peaceful death. An easy death was rare; violent, painful ways to die were many . . . thus La Mort de Saint Joseph (“The Happy Death of Saint Joseph”) became a favorite theme for Provençal painters.

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  • Inside the MFAH

    “Inside the MFAH” provides perspectives, conversations, and opinions from insiders at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Read blog »

  • The Gilded Dish: A Rienzi Blog

    Rienzi is the house museum and collection of European paintings and decorative arts at the MFAH. Our articles highlight elements of the collection, discuss additions and changes to the house or gardens, and review events held at Rienzi for those of you not able ... Read blog »

  • The Muse of Provence: A Blog for the Dora Maar House

    The Brown Foundation Fellows Program, based at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France, provides residencies of one to three months for midcareer professionals in the arts and humanities to concentrate on their fields of expertise.       Read blog »

  • Through the Storm: E-Records Blog

    In 2010, the MFAH received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to plan the implementation of an electronic records archive (ERA) for preserving the museum’s permanent born-digital records. Under the grant, the MFAH Archives and Information Technology ... Read blog »