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February 7, 2013

Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Wayne State launch new online resource


The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Wayne State University have launched a new online resource, “The Story of the Beautiful: Freer, Whistler & Their Points of Contact,” a comprehensive guide to James McNeill Whistler’s Peacock Room and its dynamic history. The Peacock Room, an elaborately painted former dining room and one of the most famous masterpieces in the Freer’s collection, celebrates its 90th anniversary of being on public view in 2013. “The Story of the Beautiful” at peacockroom.wayne.edu, provides visitors with a deeply contextualized way to understand the room, its contents and its narratives, using more than 400 digital objects and a wealth of archival materials.


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