Loren Esse


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• The Esse Museum Foundation intends to successfully acquire and thoroughly revitalize these structurally sound and aesthetically impressive buildings


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Credit:  The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

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  Douglas L. Esse, archaeologist, professor, and foremost authority on the Early Bronze Age Levant, died on October 13, 1992, at home with his family in Hyde Park, after a long battle with stomach cancer. He was forty-two years old.

  Doug loved the "Waste Lands"-the mounds of ruin with their "stony rubbish" and "heaps of broken images." In both his profession and his life (they were inseparable) Doug knew that the truth of existence, the truth of reality, is not some absolute proposition about truth, nor ultimate despair, but something in between, a quest (whether in archaeology or in life) for something beyond the broken images of past and present, a quest for the unbroken reality behind the broken images.

We will sorely miss Doug Esse, the best and brightest of his generation of archaeologists, the kindest and most gentle person of any generation.

Lawrence E. Stager

Dorot Professor of the Archaeology of Israel
Harvard University
Eminent Rembrandt scholar Christian Tümpel (1937-2009)
Credit/Visit:   codart.nl/news/465/
Thursday, 24 September 2009 

  News has reached CODART that on 9 September the eminent scholar of Dutch art, Christian Tümpel, has passed away. Tümpel was above all known for his work on Rembrandt and his school. The scholarly world of Dutch art has lost one of its most prolific figures.

  Christian Tümpel was born in 1937 in Bielefeld, as the son of Bauhaus-artist Wolfgang Tümpel. From 1958 until 1963 he studied theology and philosophy at the Kirchliche Hochschule Bethel. From 1963 until 1968 he studied art history and archeology in Heidelberg, Berlin and Hamburg. He received his PhD with a dissertation on the iconography of history pieces by Rembrandt. From 1968-1969 he worked in London at the Warburg Institute.



• Pointed, the hard edge of treasured art and important architecture is able to reach into the absolute depth of soul and mind


• This building can be made to flourish abundantly or be demolished

• In the global community this building has distinctive significance and is marginally expendable


• In terms of art and architecture this particular building embodies notable aesthetic nuance


• Originally constructed in 1931 these building components continue to lack great age

Unplanned brilliant presence

 • This notable building complex is able to extraordinarily attract both distant and proximate support


• The Esse Museum Foundation board approved a near-term $100 million funding goal

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• Museum building & grounds acquisition planning is gaining focus


• Also visit: www.louvre.fr


• Also learn about the architect I.M. PEI who has completed important projects in Des Moines IA, Boston MA and Paris FR



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• The Esse Museum of art continues to institutionally emerge with a sum total of private participation


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Claude Monet

• The past enriches any future present


NEW YORK (AP) — A work from Claude Monet's "Water Lilies" series has been sold for more than $43 million at a New York City auction.

The money will benefit the Hackley School in suburban Tarrytown, N.Y.

The work dates from 1905. That's the year Monet began a feverish phase of paintings depicting his garden's lily pond in Giverny (zhee-vehr-NEE'), France. The work that was sold is considered among the best.

The painting is from the estate of Ethel Strong Allen, widow of Wall Street executive Herbert Allen Sr.

She bequeathed the Monet to the school, along with two Impressionist landscapes by Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley.

Christie's auction house says the three works on Wednesday raised a combined total of nearly $51 million for the K-12 boarding school.

The Monet's sale price was $43,762,500.

Associated Press – Fri, Nov 9, 2012