Diana W. Thompson is senior writer for the office of communications and marketing at The Huntington.

Evolution of a Van Dyck

A major U.S. exhibition on Flemish master portrait artist Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641) opens today at New York’s Frick Collection. The Huntington has its own van Dyck story to tell. At its center is the artist’s beautiful full-length painting Anne (Killigrew) Kirke (ca. 1637), showing its subject lavishly attired in a … Continue reading

Art and the Garden Movement

The relationship between garden design and painting is the subject of “The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920,” on view Jan. 23–May 9 in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery. It explores the connections between the American Impressionist movement and the emergence of gardening as a middle-class … Continue reading

Winter Blooms

While most of the country braces for freezing temperatures and snow, many people in Southern California welcome the arrival of winter as their favorite season. Nighttime temperatures rarely fall below freezing and daytime highs often nudge their way into the 70s. The Huntington’s botanical collections also seem to relish this … Continue reading

Turbulent End to Civil War

By the spring of 1865, when surrenders at Appomattox, Durham Station, and elsewhere had finally delivered an end to four years of bloody battle, the American Civil War had killed a staggering 750,000 soldiers and 50,000 civilians—about two and a half percent of the U.S. population—and wounded hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

Small Hands at Work

Huntington Explorers summer camp recently finished its 14th year at The Huntington. Each day for three weeks, children aged 5-12 explored The Huntington’s library, art, and botanical collections in classes about everything from the art of storytelling to the world of science. We share the experience of one instructor, Emily … Continue reading

Worth the Wait

If you’re thinking of stopping by the Japanese Garden’s Seifu-an teahouse for the second-Monday-of-the-month tour on Aug. 10, then be sure to visit the waiting bench, or Koshikake-machiai, in the tea garden. It recently received a sprucing up by Kyoto landscape architect Takuhiro Yamada, who helped design the tea garden. … Continue reading

Taking the Long View

What happens when you try to recreate panoramic photos taken on The Huntington’s property a hundred years ago? Earlier this year, award-winning Los Angeles photographer John C. Lewis spent a few days on the grounds to find out. His mission: capture images that approximate two 1915 panoramas from our archives—one of … Continue reading