In 2016, the Florentine artist Luca della Robbia’s glazed terracotta Visitation left Italy for the first time. Bound first for Boston and then for Washington, D.C., the sculpture was a star loan in the in the 2016-17 exhibition “Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence,” jointly organized by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Even though we might be long removed from a school calendar, many of us still feel the joy of June, that feeling of freedom and excitement associated with summer days. Embark on this summer ramble through earlier times and other places accompanied by people who, being skilled artists, were inspired to spend their leisure time enriching not only their own lives, but those of people around them.
Celebrations of the family that established the Slater Memorial Museum have sometimes neglected its women. Efforts to bring awareness of the work and accomplishments of Norwich inventors like John Denison Crocker and Christopher Crandall Brand, may not have revealed the early women who overcame not only prejudice but time and resource constraints in their achievements.
Many of us know at least a little about the tradition begun by Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish-American businessman, who between 1883 and 1929, funded the construction and establishment of over 2,000 libraries in a dozen countries including the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
Most in Norwich know the story of William Albert Slater’s generosity to the city and Norwich Free Academy in the magnificent Slater Memorial Museum in honor of his father, John Fox Slater, another generous benefactor to NFA and the community.