Saturday, December 9, 2017

Special Presentation about the Rodin Discovery to be given by Curator at the Morris Museum

Mallory Mortillaro, curator of collections for the Hartley Dodge Foundation, is a Drew University graduate who identified and tracked down the provenance for Auguste Rodin's 1910 marble sculpture Napoleon Enveloppe Dans Son Reve. The piece has been displayed in the Hartley Dodge Memorial for 75 years, but the sculptor was never identified.The Rodin Discovery

WHEN: Sunday, December 10, 2017, 11:00AM
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
ADMISSION: free for Museum Members and free for Non-Members (with Museum admission - payable at the time of registration). Advance registration is required.
Members can register by completing this registration form.
Non-Members can register by calling 973.971.3706.

The Morris Museum is pleased to host a special presentation about the discovery of a large marble bust of Napoleon Bonaparte by Auguste Rodin in the Madison, NJ Council Chambers. The sculpture is entitled Napoleon Enveloppe Dan Son Reve or Napoleon Wrapped in his Dream.

The Rodin sculpture is part of the art collection that once belonged to Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge and has been sitting in the council chambers since 1942. Mrs. Dodge donated the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building to the borough of Madison in honor of her son, Marcellus Hartley Dodge Jr., who was killed in a car accident in 1930. The building serves as the public offices for Madison.

This masterpiece is by one of the most renowned sculptors in the world and has sat unnoticed in the Madison town hall for decades. Our speaker, Mallory Mortillaro, will discuss her discovery from speculation to authentication, the planning for a loan to a major museum in Philadelphia, the process for moving the sculpture, the Rodin Centennial, the future of this piece, the impact of the process on her as an art historian, a teacher, and a person and much more.

Nicolas W. Platt, President of the Hartley Dodge Foundation, will also offer introductory remarks about this remarkable story.

Mallory Mortillaro serves as the Curator of Collections for the Hartley Dodge Foundation in Madison, NJ. In this position, shortly after graduating college, she uncovered the Rodin marble bust of Napoleon, a piece lost to the art world since the 1930’s. Mallory continues to oversee and research the collection of the Hartley Dodge Foundation. She also teaches 6th grade language arts at the Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School.

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