Museum and Library Closures

The New-York Historical Society will be closed on September 23, and select spaces will be closed September 24. For details, please visit our calendar.

The Triumphal Return of Taddeo Gaddi’s Maestà Conserved

Mar 27 2015 - Oct 4 2015

After a two-year absence for conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the New-York Historical Society's Virgin and Child Enthroned with Ten Saints: Maestà returns. Painted ca. 1334 by Taddeo Gaddi, the major disciple of Giotto, the jewel-like panel will take pride of place in a small focus exhibition highlighting its conservation treatment. Thomas Jefferson Bryan, an early connoisseur of Italian “primitives,” i.e., painters before Raphael, bequeathed the Gaddi panel to New-York Historical in 1867, along with his entire collection. As New York City's first museum, New-York Historical wrote an early chapter in preserving the culture of the City, and Bryan played a pioneering role in its collecting history, amassing works by both European and American artists. Fittingly, Gaddi's painting will be displayed with a several other fourteenth- and early-fifteenth-century Italian panels from the Bryan Collection.

Taddeo Gaddi, Virgin and Child Enthroned with Ten Saints: Maestà, ca. 1330–1334. Gilded gesso and tempera on panel. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Thomas Jefferson Bryan, 1867.375. Photo courtesy the J. Paul Getty Museum

With its lavish gold leaf background, Gaddi’s panel was an expensive commission for a private Florentine palazzo and for its time was cutting-edge art. Originally the central section of a folding triptych consisting of three panels, it will be exhibited with two wings (sportelli) from a private collection that recently have been linked to it. Their similar dates, measurements, traces of hinges, and related iconographies suggest that the trio may once have been part of the same triptych.

Nueva York (1613–1945)

Nueva York (1613 – 1945) explores how New York's long and deep involvement with Spain and Latin America has affected virtually every aspect of the city's development, from commerce, manufacturing and transportation to communications, entertainment and the arts. Bringing together New York's oldest museum (New-York Historical Society) and its leading Latino cultural institution (El Museo del Barrio), Nueva York spans more than three centuries of history: from the founding of New Amsterdam in the 1600s to the present day, as represented by a specially commissioned documentary by award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns.

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Membership support helps the DiMenna Children's History Museum and the New-York Historical Society care for a priceless collection, made fully accessible to the public, and provides our education programs with the resources to serve more than 100,000 New York City public school students each year. Become a member today—it’s only through our partnership with history enthusiasts like you that we’re able to continue “Making History Matter.”

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The New York History Mysteries Scavenger Hunt

Fri, November 11th, 2011 | 6:30 pm

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Uncover the most unusual and eccentric aspects of New York City history on this madcap adventure in the newly renovated galleries of the New-York Historical Society. You'll rummage through the Luce Center, a veritable artifact-stuffed attic with such remarkable items as Washington's Valley Forge cot, a piece of a statue pulled down in a riot after the Declaration of Independence was first read in the city, rioting bears and bulls, antique toys, the portrait of a cross-dressing governor and Aaron Burr's death mask.

 

Join the Hunt! (Saturday)

  Families team up and head out with just a secret map and lots of surprise clues that take them on a trip around the museum!

Sat, November 12th, 2011 | 2:00 pm

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Families team up and head out with just a secret map and lots of surprise clues that take them on a trip around the museum to discover everyday life across the centuries - 1609-2011. On the move and learning all the time, you’ll find that The Hunt is a winning hour of fun and a fun way to spend an hour as a family.

Free with Family Membership or Daily Admission.

Location

Second floor classroom, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Join the Hunt! (Friday)

Fri, November 11th, 2011 | 2:00 pm

Event Details

Families team up and head out with just a secret map and lots of surprise clues that take them on a trip around the museum to discover everyday life across the centuries - 1609-2011. On the move and learning all the time, you’ll find that The Hunt is a winning hour of fun and a fun way to spend an hour as a family.

Free with Family Membership or Daily Admission.

Location

Second floor classroom, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

New-York Historical Society Grand Re-opening Weekend Celebration (Friday)

Celebrate the New-York Historical Society's Grand Reopening with George Washington, Benjamin and Deborah Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette, the 1st New York Regiment and the 1st Rhode Island Regiment.

Fri, November 11th, 2011 | 11:00 am

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History comes alive for the whole family with Living History Days at the New-York Historical Society! Do you want to know what life was like in the 18th century?

N-YHS Institutional Archive

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The institutional archive includes records relating to the history of the New-York Historical Society from its beginnings in 1804 up until the present day. The materials include minutes, correspondence, architectural plans, photographs, and exhibition records. Many photographs from the New-York Historical Society have been digitized and can be located here.

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Design Team

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Platt Byard Dovell White Architects, LLP
Paul S. Byard, Partner-in-Charge (deceased)
Ray H. Dovell, Partner-in-Charge
Scott Duenow, Project Manager
Ben Allen
Erica Gaswirth
Debora Barros

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