Marshall B. Davidson

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Marshall B. Davidsoris article on the new American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum appeared in our April/May, 1980, issue.

Articles by this Contributor

October 1957

In five dramatic allegorical paintings, Thomas Cole echoed the fear of Americans, over a century ago, that all civilizations, our own included, must someday perish.

December 1959

As the frontier moved westward and wildlife declined, the tireless Audubon drove himself to record its wonders

June 1960

Flags flew and champagne flowed when the Czar’s ships anchored in New York Harbor. Fifty years later we learned the reason for their surprise visit

February 1961

From wilderness to foremost city of the colonies, and then to cosmopolitan capital of the Republic—this was Philadelphia’s first century

April 1961

To him, said Morse, art had been only “a cruel jilt.” Then Providence found other work for this complex, difficult Yankee

April 1963

The rediscovery of a Swiss artist’s paintings, hidden in the archives of a German palace for over one hundred years, re-creates the image of America in the 1830’s

February 1964

Not all Russian diplomats in America have had ice water in their veins and a ready “Nyet” upon their lips. One of the first of them left an illustrated record, subsequently “lost” for more than a century, which pictured a people he liked and a land he admired

April 1972

AMERICAN DESIGN II THEY COMBINED BEAUTY AND UTILITY IN ORDINARY OBJECTS

April/may 1980

said a New York newspaper when the Metropolitan opened its American Wing in 1924. This spring, a new, grander American Wing once again displays the collection that Lewis Mumford found “not merely an exhibition of art,” but “a pageant of American history.”