A Work of Smart

15 Feb
In the archives, sometimes a reference question can take a surprising turn.
A patron recently called in asking about some artwork in a small town church. Apparently a church visitor told them the piece might be more valuable than they realized, and could even be from the 15th century. So they were interested in finding out a bit more about the gentleman thought to have given the piece to the church – where was he from, was he wealthy or a collector, or anything else that might point to whether or not he could have given a five-hundred-year-old piece of art to the church. I was able to find some articles about him in our ephemera files and our clip book collection (which is a wonderful resource with decades of obituaries and other news articles about local figures). I discovered a little more about his life and his involvement with the church – and then I turned up a really fascinating article about him and his passion for – wait for it – reproducing famous works of art! Apparently the man who donated this (possibly) 15th century piece of art to the church had also in his life recreated a 15th century painting by Andrea del Sarto! Coincidence? I don’t know, but it was a very interesting and unexpected find!
Our Clipbooks Collection is a popular resource for our researchers.

Our Clipbooks Collection is a popular resource for our researchers.

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