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March is Women’s History Month, so this week’s More Art Monday goes out
to all the ladies.


Woman with a Pearl Necklace in a Loge,” 1879, by Mary Stevenson Cassatt

Ardharaishvara,” mid- 1960–70s, by Sita Devi

Hydrangeas Spring Song,” 1976, by Alma Thomas

New York at Night,” c. 1932, by Berenice Abbott

Portrait of Cornelia Mandeville,” c. 1830, by Sarah Miriam Peale

Red Hills and Bones,” 1941, by Georgia O’Keeffe

Wow Bush/Turmoil in Full Bloom,” first installed 1977, by Sheila Hicks (© Sheila Hicks)

Landscape,” 18th century, by Tokuyama Gyokuran

Vase,” 2011, by Mari Iwabuchi

Red Setting,” 2012, by Eileen Neff


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Rāmāyaṇa (रामायण); various illustrations, miniatures and designs depicting aspects of the Hindi epic Yuddha Kāṇḍa (अनुवादसहित); Kishkindha Kāṇḍa (Book of the Monkey Kingdom), [x].

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The Chalk Emerald

The Flamboyant Maharini
The Chalk Emerald was originally owned by the flamboyant Maharani Sita Devi Sahib of Baroda, India. In 1943 Sita Devi married the second wealthiest prince of India and promptly went on a spending spree that lasted forty years.

Seven Days
Legend has it that while on a trip to United States after the Second World War the Maharini spent ten million dollars in seven days. After she divorced her husband in 1956, the Maharini began selling precious jewels of the royal Indian treasury to maintain her jet set lifestyle.

Harry’s Setting
The wealthy jeweler Harry Winston purchased from the Maharini an emerald necklace that was set with an exquisite 38+ carat emerald. Winston re-cut the large emerald, now weighing 37+ carats, and set it in a platinum ring surrounded with fifteen carats of colorless pear-shaped diamonds.

Clair and the Queen
Winston’s emerald ring was purchased by Oscar Roy Chalk, a wealthy New York Entrepreneur, who gave the ring to his wife Clair, who once wore the stunning emerald ring to a state dinner at the White House, in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. During the dinner, however, Mrs Chalk observed that the queen was wearing a less attractive emerald ring. Mrs Chalk discreetly turned her ring around on her finger, so as not to upstage Her Excellency the Queen.

The Chalk Emerald Today
In 1972 Mr and Mrs Chalk donated the fantastic emerald ring to the Smithsonian Institution and is on display in the Gem Gallery at the National Museum of Natural History.

March is Women’s History Month, so this week’s More Art Monday...

March is Women’s History Month, so this week’s More Art Monday…

March is Women’s History Month, so this week’s More Art Monday goes out
to all the ladies.

Woman with a Pearl Necklace in a Loge,” 1879, by Mary Stevenson Cassatt

Ardharaishvara,” mid- 1960–70s, by Sita Devi

Hydrangeas Spring Song,” 1976, by Alma Thomas

New York at Night,” c. 1932, by Berenice Abbott

Portrait of Cornelia Mandeville,” c. 1830, by Sarah Miriam Peale

Red Hills and…

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