Illuminated Texts

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March 10, 2012
Originally published in Light & Energy
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  A collection of buildings, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913). As early as 1890 Morgan had an assemblage of illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints.  Courtesy of Graham Haber.

    A collection of buildings, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913). As early as 1890 Morgan had an assemblage of illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints.

    Courtesy of Graham Haber.
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  The library was designed by Charles McKim between 1902 and 1906.  Courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum.

    The library was designed by Charles McKim between 1902 and 1906.

    Courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum.
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  The exterior of 219 Madison Avenue, the home of J. Pierpont Morgan.  Courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum.

    The exterior of 219 Madison Avenue, the home of J. Pierpont Morgan.

    Courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum.
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  In 1924, eleven years after Pierpont Morgan's death, his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867–1943), made the library available to the public.  Courtesy of Graham Haber.

    In 1924, eleven years after Pierpont Morgan's death, his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867–1943), made the library available to the public.

    Courtesy of Graham Haber.
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  The marble and mosaic entrance rotunda received a thorough cleaning during the museum's $106 million renovation and expansion.

    The marble and mosaic entrance rotunda received a thorough cleaning during the museum's $106 million renovation and expansion.

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  Inside the study, or the West Room, was used for Morgan's personal business. The velvet-covered furnishings were reupholstered during the renovation.

    Inside the study, or the West Room, was used for Morgan's personal business. The velvet-covered furnishings were reupholstered during the renovation.

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