Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
The Morgan Library, built between 1902 and 1906, is “an institution dedicated to serving scholars and the public alike” through its treasure of rare materials and exhibitions of fine artwork. A recent exhibition had great works of art from the likes of Raphael, Rembrandt, Ruscha, Michelangelo, and Matisse just to name some of the greats represented here. This recent exhibition (circa 2001) encompassed all drawing and watercolor media, including ink, chalk, charcoal, crayon, and graphite. Within its collections are 10,000 drawings and prints which span the fourteenth through twentieth centuries; nearly 1,300 manuscripts going as far back as a thousand years, and much, much more. But that’s not all. Here you’ll also find lectures, concerts, films, and public programs related to its exhibitions and permanent collections.
About JP Morgan – Much like The Frick Collection, whose holdings and existence came as a result of one man’s love for art, so did this institution. The man in this is case is John Pierpont Morgan (Sept. 7, 1867 – Mar. 13, 1943) whose private library was made into a public institution, the Morgan Library, in 1924 through his son.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut Mr. Morgan went on to become an investment banker and later became the founder of the famous J.P. Morgan & Company financial firm. Morgan was also famous as an art collector and philanthropist. During his life he contributed to art museums, cathedrals, churches, and hospitals. After his death the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City received a large part of Morgan’s collection, which is housed in the Pierpont Morgan wing.