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Church Had No Clue

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by Jerome, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. Jerome

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    Visiting Italian stunned to see rare artwork in rural Virginia church's hallway:

    Richmond Times-Dispatch
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    A lot of art was taken as spoils of war from churches, individuals, and institutions during and immediately after World War II. A lot of it ended up in the United States. When things settled down in the late 1940s, a lot of soldiers realized that they had no use for a lot of those items, or felt guilt for taking them, and quietly donated them to religious institutions.

    The Bible Museum at the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas has a lot of items like that, including icons and altars from European churches.
     
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    That's intriguing. It's possible that "Mrs. G.T. Brown" is Albertine Espey, the widow of Grafton Tyler Brown, a noted African American lithographer and later painter. She was previously married to artist Edward Espey and married Brown after Espey's death. It's possible that the print at the church was once in her collection, since she inherited the collection of both men after their deaths.
     
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