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2014-02-13 12:24:41

A 12-FOOT GOOGLE GLASS ACTIVATED AMERICAN FLAG ON VIEW PRESIDENTS' DAY WEEKEND, FEB. 15 - 17, 2014 WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Portrait of America, the seminal work of David Datuna's "Viewpoint of Billions" series, is a groundbreaking 12-foot multi-media flag and the first public installation and artwork in the world to utilize Google Glass. The vision of an artist whose story is akin to the American dream, Portrait of America chronicles the journey of a diverse and...

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2010-11-17 09:27:52

An assistant archivist at the National Portrait Gallery was conducting research on the museum's founder when he made an astonishing discovery--relics from the tomb of medieval British King Richard II sitting, unbeknownst to the world, in a cigarette box. The artifacts were uncovered by Krzysztof Adamiec, who had been going through the diaries and notebooks of National Portrait Gallery founder Sir George Scharf. Adamiec was cataloging Scharf's papers when he discovered the box, which was dated...

2010-05-13 06:30:00

LONDON, May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN), the global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organisations protect and enhance their enterprise value, today announced that it has partnered with the National Portrait Gallery in London, home of the UK's portraiture collection of great leaders, innovators and thinkers both past and present. The partnership will see the launch of a new evening programme, 'Late Shift', which will help in broadening access...

2009-10-22 19:00:00

$25,000 first prize goes to Dave Woody of Fort Collins, Colo. WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery announced that Dave Woody of Fort Collins, Colo., has received first prize for the "Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2009" for a photograph titled "Laura." First prize is a cash award of $25,000 and a separate commission from the museum to portray a remarkable living American for its permanent collection. Second prize was awarded...

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2009-07-17 15:55:00

A dispute over Wikipedia's use of images from the Web site of a British art gallery is heating up as the online encyclopedia accuses the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) of violating its public service objective. But the gallery claims it needs to recover the $1.6 million (£1m) cost of its digitization program, and says Wikipedia has distorted its position. The NPG is now threatening legal action after 3,300 high-resolution images from its Web site were upload to Wikipedia by volunteer...

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2008-12-19 15:21:01

Singer Tony Bennett's painting of Duke Ellington has been accepted into the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, RPM Productions said. Titled God is Love, the watercolor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz great Duke Ellington is the third of Bennett's works to be accepted as part of the Smithsonian collection. In 2006, Bennett's oil painting of Central Park was accepted into the Smithsonian American Art Museum's permanent collection and in 2002, his portrait of Ella...

2008-12-17 10:07:00

Acquisition of Bennett's Ellington Portrait Is the Third Painting of Bennett's To Be Part Of A Smithsonian Collection NEW YORK, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Tony Bennett has donated one of his original paintings to the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery's which has been accepted to their collection. Bennett's watercolor painting of Duke Ellington titled "God Is Love" marks his third painting that has been included in Smithsonian collections. In 2006, Bennett's oil painting of Central Park...

2006-06-27 15:27:25

Corrects painters surname in fourth paragraph to Stuart By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Where Abraham Lincoln celebrated and Walt Whitman wrote letters for Civil War wounded, the U.S. National Portrait Gallery reopens on Saturday with exhibits that use video, neon and a pinch of the surreal. Elvis Presley's portrait is on display between jazz great Thelonius Monk and folk singer Joan Baez in the "Bravo!" section of the museum, right across from comedian Jerry Seinfeld...

2006-06-27 15:09:43

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Where Abraham Lincoln celebrated and Walt Whitman wrote letters for Civil War wounded, the U.S. National Portrait Gallery reopens on Saturday with exhibits that use video, neon and a pinch of the surreal. Elvis Presley's portrait is on display between jazz great Thelonius Monk and folk singer Joan Baez in the "Bravo!" section of the museum, right across from comedian Jerry Seinfeld and down the hall from a sculpture of Raquel Welch's...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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