Past Exhibitions

Flemish Illumination in the Era of Catherine of Cleves

January 22 through May 2, 2010

This exhibition of eighteen manuscripts illuminated in the area of Flanders in the southern Netherlands (today part of Belgium) celebrates the variety of styles from the last great flowering of Flemish illumination during the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.

Image of St. George Slaying the Dragon

A Woman's Wit: Jane Austen's Life and Legacy

November 6, 2009, through March 14, 2010

This exhibition explores the life, work, and legacy of Jane Austen (1775–1817), regarded as one of the greatest English novelists.

Image of Scene from Pride and Prejudice

Rococo and Revolution: Eighteenth-Century French Drawings

October 2, 2009, through January 10, 2010

Rococo and Revolution: Eighteenth-Century French Drawings features more than eighty exceptional drawings almost exclusively from the Morgan's renowned holdings.

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Celebrating Puccini

September 11, 2009, through January 10, 2010

On view are approximately forty items related to Puccini's career, including rarely seen original sketches for his acclaimed operas Madama Butterfly and La Bohème.

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William Blake's World: "A New Heaven Is Begun"

September 11, 2009, through January 3, 2010

In the Morgan's first exhibition devoted to Blake in two decades, former director Charles Ryskamp and curators Anna Lou Ashby and Cara Denison have assembled many of Blake's most spectacular watercolors, prints, and illuminated books of poetry to dramatically underscore his genius and enduring influence.

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Where the Wild Things Are: Original Drawings by Maurice Sendak

October 6 through November 1, 2009

This special exhibition features original drawings and manuscript pages from the classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (b. 1928). The show is part of a citywide celebration honoring Mr. Sendak and marking the October 13 premiere of a new Warner Bros. movie adaptation directed by Spike Jonze.

New at the Morgan: Acquisitions Since 2004

April 17 through October 18, 2009

Presenting over one hundred works that underscore the great scope of the Morgan's collecting interests, the exhibition included old master and modern drawings, literary and musical manuscripts, illuminated texts, and rare printed books and bindings.

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Pages of Gold: Medieval Illuminations from the Morgan

June 19 through September 13, 2009

This exhibition comprised nearly sixty lavish single leaves, dating from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries.

Image of Scenes from the Life of David

Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection

January 23 through August 30, 2009

Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection presents more than twenty works drawn from the collection of Eugene V. and Clare Thaw, which chronicles the history of the genre in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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Creating the Modern Stage: Designs for Theater and Opera

May 22 through August 16, 2009

Drawn from the Morgan's collection, the exhibition examines the origins of modern scenic design and chronicles the evolution of stage sets during the highly innovative period of ca. 1900 to 1970.

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