Spring flowers from the museum collection section Lapidary Works of Art
A week ago, the New-York Historical Society and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., launched a new inter-museum flash mob related to spring flowers.
The first recipient was the Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It received as a gift the oil on canvas Branch Of Apple Blossoms Against A Cloudy Sky by an American by Martin Johnson Heade (1819–1904), an American painter known for his salt marsh landscapes and seascapes.
Museums’ repositories send pictures to each other, "to cheer up in difficult times," reports the ARTnet portal. The publication notes that the expositions are closed during quarantine, but museum staff use every opportunity to demonstrate works of art from their collections.