By Neda Helena Jeny, Ph.D.
Once again, my blog will be about Washington, where once again I spent a few days sightseeing. When I arrived there in July, the first place I visited was the National Gallery; I trusted that there would be, as ever, some fascinating temporary exhibition. And there was—about eighteenth-century French paintings in the United States. Who would have thought that Joseph Bonaparte, the elder brother of Napoleon and sometime king of Spain, was instrumental in introducing French art to America once he lost his throne and came to New England? I enjoyed the exhibition, as I enjoyed returning to the old sights I know so well—but now I will speak of something else. Continue Reading