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Archive: May 2015 (4 Posts)

Smiling woman dressed in outdoor winter clothes holds a large, old-style camera

From Decoration Day to Memorial Day

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

The following is a guest post by Jan Grenci, Reference Specialist, Prints and Photographs Division Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday in May to honor all those who have died in service while defending the United States. But the name, meaning and timing of this special day have changed over the years. …

Smiling woman dressed in outdoor winter clothes holds a large, old-style camera

Mary Cassatt’s Jeannette and her Mother Seated on a Sofa

Posted by: Jeff Bridgers

Mary Cassatt’s 1901 print Jeannette and her Mother Seated on a Sofa (below, left) captures a┬átimeless moment between mother and child: In this tranquil scene, free of visual distraction or clutter, Jeannette sits securely in her mother’s lap, the mother’s arms surrounding her daughter in a gentle embrace, the two gazing lovingly, eyes fixed upon …