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Great, small J.P. Morgan Library and Museum in NYC

The library here is one of the most stunning rooms you will ever see!; the large tapestry, once owned by King Henry VIII, was woven in the early 1500s and is, ironically, titled Triumph Over Avarice

The library here is one of the most stunning rooms you will ever see!; the large tapestry, once owned by King Henry VIII, was woven in the early 1500s and is, ironically, titled Triumph Over Avarice

The Riva degli Schiavoni Seen from the Market at the Pier, Canaletto, 1755; Morgan died in Rome in 1913 with a fortune estimated at $80 million (roughly $1.2 billion today) prompting John D. Rockefeller to say 'he wasn't even a rich man'

The Riva degli Schiavoni Seen from the Market at the Pier, Canaletto, 1755; Morgan died in Rome in 1913 with a fortune estimated at $80 million (roughly $1.2 billion today) prompting John D. Rockefeller to say 'he wasn't even a rich man'

JP Morgan's study was described by historian Wayne Andrews as one of the greatest achievements of American interior decoration; admission to the library and museum cost $22

JP Morgan's study was described by historian Wayne Andrews as one of the greatest achievements of American interior decoration; admission to the library and museum cost $22

From the early 18th century, this elegant Chinese vase is noteworthy because of its deep red monochrome glaze; derived from copper, these glazes were notoriously difficult to maintain at high heat making pieces like this one highly treasured

From the early 18th century, this elegant Chinese vase is noteworthy because of its deep red monochrome glaze; derived from copper, these glazes were notoriously difficult to maintain at high heat making pieces like this one highly treasured

The Last Supper, Peter Paul Rubens, 1614; here Rubens placed the figure of Judas (instead of Christ) center-most in the composition; this work was part of a series for a Roman Catholic prayer book

The Last Supper, Peter Paul Rubens, 1614; here Rubens placed the figure of Judas (instead of Christ) center-most in the composition; this work was part of a series for a Roman Catholic prayer book

The manuscript collection contains authors' original manuscripts, including some by Sir Walter Scott, Honoré de Balzac, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Charles Dickens and John Keats (shown here); there are also letters from Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln

The manuscript collection contains authors' original manuscripts, including some by Sir Walter Scott, Honoré de Balzac, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Charles Dickens and John Keats (shown here); there are also letters from Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln

The rotunda has a ceiling inspired by Raphael which contains themed murals alluding to material in Morgan's collection; the floors are clad with multicolored marble, the pattern of which is based on that of the Villa Pia in the Vatican

The rotunda has a ceiling inspired by Raphael which contains themed murals alluding to material in Morgan's collection; the floors are clad with multicolored marble, the pattern of which is based on that of the Villa Pia in the Vatican

J.P. Morgan was 51 years old when he sat for this portrait by Frank Holl; the banker was so fond of the work that he gave photographs of it to his friends (I'm glad my friends don't do this!)

J.P. Morgan was 51 years old when he sat for this portrait by Frank Holl; the banker was so fond of the work that he gave photographs of it to his friends (I'm glad my friends don't do this!)

The Morgan study even included a very large walk-in bank vault!; the banker needed a secure-place to store high-value manuscripts, books and objects brought to him by dealers for consideration

The Morgan study even included a very large walk-in bank vault!; the banker needed a secure-place to store high-value manuscripts, books and objects brought to him by dealers for consideration

This Gospel Book was commissioned by Countess Mathilda of Tuscany for the Abbey of San Benedetto di Polirone (near Mantua), which was founded by her grandfather in 1007; the exceptional drawings were very rare in Italian gospels

This Gospel Book was commissioned by Countess Mathilda of Tuscany for the Abbey of San Benedetto di Polirone (near Mantua), which was founded by her grandfather in 1007; the exceptional drawings were very rare in Italian gospels

Pair of Cups with Decoration of Cranes, Roman, early 1st century; during the Panic of 1907, J.P. Morgan organized a coalition of financiers that saved the American monetary system from collapse

Pair of Cups with Decoration of Cranes, Roman, early 1st century; during the Panic of 1907, J.P. Morgan organized a coalition of financiers that saved the American monetary system from collapse

This enameled book cover with Crucifixion plaque was made in Limoges, France around 1190; medieval Limoges arose on the site of a former Roman town that had a strong goldsmithing tradition

This enameled book cover with Crucifixion plaque was made in Limoges, France around 1190; medieval Limoges arose on the site of a former Roman town that had a strong goldsmithing tradition

The Morgan is the only institution in the world to possess 3 copies of the Gutenberg Bible (1455); one Morgan copy is on vellum while two (including this one) are on paper

The Morgan is the only institution in the world to possess 3 copies of the Gutenberg Bible (1455); one Morgan copy is on vellum while two (including this one) are on paper

This original Frederic Chopin work was written in 1843 while the composer spent the summer with his partner, the female writer known as George Sand; this work has become a core part of the piano repetoire

This original Frederic Chopin work was written in 1843 while the composer spent the summer with his partner, the female writer known as George Sand; this work has become a core part of the piano repetoire

The finest treasure binding of the Carolingian Dynasty (750-887 AD) adorned the Lindau Gospels; the cover may have been made at the Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis (near Paris) where Charlemagne's grandson was secular abbot

The finest treasure binding of the Carolingian Dynasty (750-887 AD) adorned the Lindau Gospels; the cover may have been made at the Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis (near Paris) where Charlemagne's grandson was secular abbot

The figures in the lunettes (just above the books) alternate between allegorical female muses and notable artists, explorers, or teachers; Morgan, a big believer in the zodiac, also highlighted these symbols

The figures in the lunettes (just above the books) alternate between allegorical female muses and notable artists, explorers, or teachers; Morgan, a big believer in the zodiac, also highlighted these symbols

This edition of Aesop's Fables contains the complete fables in Latin and French with brief summaries in English; fewer than 20 copies of this edition remain since most were destroyed in the Great London Fire of 1666

This edition of Aesop's Fables contains the complete fables in Latin and French with brief summaries in English; fewer than 20 copies of this edition remain since most were destroyed in the Great London Fire of 1666

Following Greek traditions, magnificent jewelry was produced around the Black Sea for nearby wealthy tribes such as the Sarmatians; these pieces date from 150BC to 200AD

Following Greek traditions, magnificent jewelry was produced around the Black Sea for nearby wealthy tribes such as the Sarmatians; these pieces date from 150BC to 200AD

The Morgan was expanded in 2006 by the world-famous architect Renzo Piano; the addition of light-filled pavilions served to connect the three historic structures on the property

The Morgan was expanded in 2006 by the world-famous architect Renzo Piano; the addition of light-filled pavilions served to connect the three historic structures on the property

Donor Presenting a Mummified Osiris, Thebes, Egypt, 640BC; Morgan avoided serving during the Civil War by paying a substitute $300 to take his place; you can see the museum and library in an hour

Donor Presenting a Mummified Osiris, Thebes, Egypt, 640BC; Morgan avoided serving during the Civil War by paying a substitute $300 to take his place; you can see the museum and library in an hour

Portrait of a Man, Domenico Tintoretto, c. 1600; the sitter for this portrait is believed to be a Moorish ambassador to the Venetian court; the painter is the son of the more famous Jacopo Tintoretto

Portrait of a Man, Domenico Tintoretto, c. 1600; the sitter for this portrait is believed to be a Moorish ambassador to the Venetian court; the painter is the son of the more famous Jacopo Tintoretto

Landscape, Georges Seurat, 1881; this haunting work in black looks so different from the colorful Surrealist paintings for which Seurat became famous; shows what a difference some color makes!

Landscape, Georges Seurat, 1881; this haunting work in black looks so different from the colorful Surrealist paintings for which Seurat became famous; shows what a difference some color makes!

Chalice of St. Michael, Siena, 1320; Morgan had several areas in which he focused his collection but was also known for buying anything he thought displayed incredible workmanship and/or had historical significance

Chalice of St. Michael, Siena, 1320; Morgan had several areas in which he focused his collection but was also known for buying anything he thought displayed incredible workmanship and/or had historical significance

Three Women, Fernand Leger, 1922; Morgan formed several prominent corporations including U.S. Steel, International Harvester and GE; I just read The Personal Librarian which is a fictitious story based on JP Morgan's library and I highly recommend it!

Three Women, Fernand Leger, 1922; Morgan formed several prominent corporations including U.S. Steel, International Harvester and GE; I just read The Personal Librarian which is a fictitious story based on JP Morgan's library and I highly recommend it!

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