Harry Potter: A History of Magic is an exhibition that originated at the British Library and has recently arrived at the New York Historical Society. The show puts the Harry Potter series in its historical context by showing how it follows and fits into historical beliefs about witchcraft. The exhibition includes lots of Harry Potter material, like original illustrations, alongside medieval, Renaissance, and later books and objects to do with magic.
One type of art I've always loved is ancient Cycladic figurines. These little marble figures have been found on the Aegean islands of the Cyclades and were created in ancient times. They depict human figures and can be found in most major museums.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington D.C. was the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post. She was a great hostess, philanthropist, and art collector. Her home is gorgeous and filled with treasures.
The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia opened in 1895. It has been renovated several times since, and it's decorated in a luxurious, eclectic style.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is located in Richmond, Virginia. Its highlights include the McGlothlin collection of American art, the Gans collection of English silver, and works by Faberge.
The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina was opened by Edwin Wiley Grove in 1913. It was one of several health resorts in Asheville, where people often visited in hopes that the mountain air would improve their health.
All Souls church in Biltmore Village, North Carolina was commissioned by George Vanderbilt and designed by Richard Morris Hunt. It used to be part of Biltmore Estate. It is home to beautiful stained glass by father-daughter team Maitland Armstrong and Helen Maitland Armstrong.
Biltmore is full of gargoyles and grotesques. Enjoy some of the creatures I spotted during my trip there.
Unlike his father, George Vanderbilt wasn't a huge art collector. He collected prints, but beyond that, he generally preferred to spend his money on his home and lands rather than paintings and sculptures. However, he still managed to acquire quite a few notable works of art that are now on display at Biltmore. Here are some of my favorites.
The Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina, was once the home of George Vanderbilt and his family. Now a resort and historic site, it was the main destination of my recent vacation.