Today the New York Historical Society reopens its museum on the Upper West Side following a $70 million makeover. The society was founded in 1804; the museum is located at 170 Central Park West at 77th Street and is the city’s oldest.
One of the museum’s new exhibits is entitled “Beauties of the Gilded Age: Peter Marié’s Miniatures of Society Women,” which runs through November 11, 2012. Writes the museum:
Between 1889 and 1903, New York socialite Peter Marié (1825–1903) commissioned portrait miniatures of women whom he believed epitomized female beauty. His collection of nearly 300 watercolor-on-ivory miniatures stands today as a vivid document of New York’s Gilded Age aristocracy. Beauties of the Gilded Age will present likenesses of many well-known women of the era, including legendary actress Maude Adams, First Lady Frances Folsom Cleveland, artist Lydia Emmet, and the doyenne of etiquette, Emily Post. The fragile and rarely exhibited portraits will be displayed in four-month rotations in a special new gallery designed for intimate viewing.
The New York Times offers an extensive review of the remodeled space here.