Morgan Library Private Tour
Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasure Bindings
The Atelier at Flowerfield enjoyed a private tour of The Morgan Library's exhibition, Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasure Bindings, on Saturday, December 9th. The tour was given by William Voelke, Senior Research Curator at the Morgan Library.
"On Saturday, December 9th, a brave group of passionate art and literature enthusiasts battled the snow and elements to be taken on a guided tour of The Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan by Senior Curator of Medieval Works, William Voelkle. Mr. Voelkle is retiring at the end of the year after 50 years of service, and we were indeed lucky to have his incredible encyclopedic knowledge and univided attention for several hours on this tour of the magnificent treasures and incredible art of the Morgan Library.
Mr. Voelkle first took us through his final exhibit for the Morgan:
"I was delighted to attend the Atelier’s tour of the Morgan Library with Senior Curator William Voelkle. It was a rare chance to get an inside view of many details of both the collection and the Charles Follen McKim masterpiece which is the original library building. I was especially interested to hear certain details about some of the intricately carved Circassian Walnut doors, and the decision to remove two of them, as they ended up at my family’s estate; Box Hill. I can only hope to participate in future fascinating events like this with The Atelier."
"As Atelier guests, we received both the VIP treatment and the insiders tour at the Pierpont Morgan Library. William Voelke, who curated this exhibition, Magnificent Gems, as our personal guide. Each piece in the exhibition was explained from an historical, artistic and gemstone perspective. And he kept it light with anecdotal stories. We were shown hidden staircases and the encoded telegraph his nephew sent him regarding purchase of a manuscript. On a dismal grey day this little gem of a museum dazzled us with her gems. Thank you, Kevin, and the Atelier, everything you do surpasses our expectations."