The Discovery of a Masterpiece


Everyone is welcome. If accommodations are needed to attend, please contact the library administrative office at 920-886-6315 or by email at at least 24 hours in advance of the program.


Virtual Only. Please join us on Zoom.

Hear the story of Mallory Mortillaro's journey to authenticate a marble bust of Napoleon sculpted by Auguste Rodin, which sat in a New Jersey town hall for almost 80 years. Mallory will recount the story of being hired straight out of college for a part time art cataloging project and how it morphed into a search for this mysterious piece's provenance, eventually culminating in its authentication by the world's leading Rodin expert. Mallory will also share the story of Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, the woman who gifted this artwork - along with the entire town hall - all in the name of her one and only lost son. A Q&A will follow Mallory's presentation.

January 18, 2022 @ 07:00 pm
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