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America's Medicis

The Rockefellers and Their Astonishing Cultural Legacy
Loebl, Suzanne (Book - 2010)
America's Medicis
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The first book to explore the immense cultural contributions of one of America's wealthiest and most influential families: the Rockefellers. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller sparked her family's passion for art, but it was her husband, John D. Rockefeller Jr., who once was hailed as the "greatest friend and patron of the arts since Florence's Lorenzo de Medici." Together and separately they, as well as their descendents, became a major force on the American art scene. The dozen Rockefeller-sponsored museums, including MoMA and the Cloisters, are among the world's finest. Their architectural projects-Rockefeller Center, the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg, Lincoln Center-are equally stellar. The family also enriched existing institutions with entire collections of modern, Asian, "primitive," and folk art, in addition to ancient artifacts. Based on a wealth of information culled from the family's extensive archives, America's Medicis traces the Rockefellers' artistic philanthropies from their beginnings to the present. As author Suzanne Loebl makes clear, the Rockefellers did more than simply provide money and artworks; they also devoted themselves to the causes they believed in-a commitment that helped define and direct America's artistic tastes. In spite of all these material gifts, the Rockefellers' most lasting contribution was to teach America that art does not belong to a rarefied elite, but can be enjoyed and understood by all. Erudite and engaging, America's Medicis is a remarkable account of the twentieth-century American art world and the extraordinary family at its center.
Authors: Loebl, Suzanne
Title: America's medicis
the Rockefellers and their astonishing cultural legacy
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xiv, 429 p., [16] of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Suzanne Loebl
Contents: Preamble : an Imperial nest
To the glory of God
A passion for Asia
Bridging the past and the present : the Oriental Institute, the Cairo Museum, the Metropolitan Museum's Assyrian sculptures, and the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, Jerusalem
Rockefeller Center
Mother's museum : MoMA, 1929-39
The Cloisters
Colonial Williamsburg and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum of American Folk Art
MoMA under Nelson A. Rockefeller's stewardship, 1939-69
A modest man assumes his birthright : the Asia Society and Lincoln Center
The Rockefeller Collection at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Mall
David Rockefeller : the Museum of Modern Art and the JPMorgan-Chase Corporate Art Collection
In memoriam : the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center in San Antonio, Texas
Smaller gifts
Kykuit : on a clear day you can see forever
ISBN: 0061237221
Branch Call Number: 708.00922 R6824L 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [367]-399) and index
Subject Headings: Charity Art patronage Capitalists and financiers United States Rockefeller family Art collections
Topical Term: Charity
Art patronage
Capitalists and financiers
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Erudite and engaging, America's Medicis is a remarkable account of the twentieth-century American art world and the extraordinary family at its center.

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