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Sunday, 25 June 2006

Art Notes

Jean-Antoine and Ben

Until July 31, in its European Galleries, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present 'Pursuit of Genius: Jean-Antoine Houdon and the Sculpted Portraits of Benjamin Franklin,' an exhibition of about 30 Houdon works.

The exhibit focuses on the museum's own marble bust of Benjamin Franklin.

I was introduced to Houdon when, as a child, I spotted the copy of his George Washington statute in Traflagar Square. Later, many years later, I bumped into the original, quite by accident, in the rotunda of the Virginia statehouse in Richmond.

-- Richard Carreño