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  1. 18 Jan
    Wed / 2012
    This morning I popped into the Rienzi kitchen to find another staff member adding freshly cut flowers to a vase. “Where are those from?” I asked, thinking someone picked up a few bouquets of beautiful deep pink flowers from the grocery store. “The gardens,” was the reply.  As a native New Englander, I was perplexed. Wait. Flowers? It’s January, we haven’t even started winter! I haven’t even had a chance to wear wool sweaters yet! I...

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  2. 30 Dec
    Fri / 2011
    The following entry is an abridged version of my introductory remarks at a recent meeting to discuss the implementation of an Electronic Records Archives system. It revisits the motivating factors for seeking the planning grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission as the MFAH enters the final months of the project, having received a no cost extension from the Commission, in which the nature and timeline of the implementation phase is to be...

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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BLOGS
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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 »