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What I do and why I do it I constantly seek out art that's inspiring, thought-provoking, skillfully executed, and/or beautiful so I can share it (in jargon-free language) with others…

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Atlas at Rockefeller Center
Lee Lawrie, Atlas, 1937. Rockefeller Center. Photo copyright © 2019 Dianne L. Durante

Atlas at Rockefeller Center

Lee Lawrie, Atlas, 1937. Rockefeller Center. Photo copyright © 2019 Dianne L. Durante Sculptor: Lee Lawrie. Dedicated: 1937. Medium and size: Overall 45 feet; bronze figure (15 feet) with armillary…

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The Vessel at Hudson Yards

What a photogenic structure! I meant to include a collage of photos for this week's Sunday Recommendations, but choosing was too difficult - so here's a collection of 18 photos…

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Sheep Meadow and Tavern on the Green, Central Park

Olmsted and Vaux slated the area in the southwest corner of Central Park for one of the required features of the Central Park competition: a military practice ground. Calvert Vaux…

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Four Continents, Customs House
French, Continents at Customs House. Photos copyright © 2019 Dianne L. Durante

Four Continents, Customs House

Sculptor: Daniel Chester French. Dedicated: 1907.Medium and size: Marble (ranging from 9.5 to 11 feet), each pedestal about 9 feet.Location: In front of the United States Customs House, facing Bowling…

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New in Print: Alexander Hamilton and the Reynolds Affair

Alexander Hamilton & The Reynolds Affair: A Three-Part Moral and Political Tale is now available in print from Amazon. It includes the text from my sold-out talk at Fraunces Tavern…

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Untermyer Fountain, Central Park

Schott, Untermyer Fountain, before 1910. Central Park. Photo copyright © 2019 Dianne L. Durante Also known as the Fountain of the Three Dancing Maidens Date: before 1910 Sculptor: Walter SchottMedium…

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Seventh Regiment Memorial, Central Park
Ward, 7th Regiment Memorial, 1869. Central Park. Photo copyright © 2019 Dianne L. Durante

Seventh Regiment Memorial, Central Park

Ward, 7th Regiment Memorial, 1869. Central Park. Photo copyright © 2019 Dianne L. DuranteWard, 7th Regiment Memorial, 1869. Central Park. Photo copyright © 2019 Dianne L. Durante Date: 1869Sculptor: John…

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Carousel, Central Park

Central Park Carousel. Photo copyright © 2019 Dianne L. Durante New Yorkers might be surprised to learn that not all carousel horses look as fierce as those in Central Park…

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Brookgreen Gardens, November 2018 (5)

Over the next  few months, I’ll be posting photos taken at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, S.C. Although the gardens are not at their most beautiful in November, the sculptures are…

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