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See Chagall's Orphée for Georgetown Patrons Evelyn & John Nef

November 11, 2020

In 1968, Marc Chagall visited the Georgetown home of his friends and patrons Evelyn and John Nef, and decided that he would design a mosaic specifically for the Nefs’ garden.


Chagall designed the maquette for the mosaic at his studio in France and hired Italian mosaicist Lino Melano—who created mosaics for Pablo PicassoFernand Léger, and Georges Braque. Using Murano glass, Carrara marble, and natural colored stones from Italy, Melano executed the ten-panel work and then installed it on site in the Nefs’ garden in Georgetown. 


There the work Orphée (Orpheus)—remained until it was bequeathed to the National Gallery of Art (NGA) by Evelyn (1913–2009). This bequest also included 31 drawings, 46 prints, and 25 volumes from the collection that the Nefs had built together. Orphée is in the NGA Sculpture Garden.  


The mosaic’s large scale—approximately 10 by 17 feet and 1,000 pounds—is belied by its ethereal figures and mystical tone, which also distinguish so much of Chagall’s work in other media. Swooping arabesques and three concentric suns create an undulating rhythm throughout the composition. The colorful, layered narratives are loosely drawn from Greek mythology and from the artist’s personal experience. At center, Orpheus charms animals with his lute, accompanied by the Three Graces and the winged stallion Pegasus. In the bottom left corner of the mosaic, beneath the blazing sun, a group of people wait to cross a large body of water. According to Chagall, this scene not only alludes to the immigrants and refugees who crossed the ocean to reach America, but also references his own past: smuggled out of Nazi-occupied France by the International Rescue Committee during World War II, the Jewish artist found safe haven in New York. In the lower right corner, two lovers nestle in the greenery. Evelyn asked the artist if the figures depicted her and John; Chagall replied, “If you like.”  

Chagall turned to the decorative arts, including mosaic, stained glass, and tapestry, in the latter part of his life. He completed commissions for cathedrals and civic settings in Europe, Israel, and the United States.

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KC Live: An Evening with Renée Fleming and Vanessa Williams

October 4, 2020

The Kennedy Center presents its first exclusive live performance filmed from the Opera House stage, A Time to Sing: An Evening with Renée Fleming and Vanessa Williams.


Available On-Demand Through 2020.


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Taste and Shop Georgetown Oct. 5-25

September 15, 2020

Eat, drink, shop and play in Georgetown!

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This year, a revised Taste of (and Shop) Georgetown is a three-week long promotional event from  October 5 through 25.


Take-out, delivery and outdoor dining specials at Georgetown restaurants and streateries, paired with Fall shopping and service promotions.


From brunch, to family-style meals, and options to satisfy your sweet tooth, we’re keeping the spirit of the event alive: eating.


Check in with the Georgetown BID for a full list of participants and their promotions soon.

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