A 30-year art history mystery is solved at Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum & Library


PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Concluding a 30-year mystery, the Rosenbach Museum & Library has located and acquired a portrait of an early member of the Gratz Family, prominent Jewish early Americans who made their home in Philadelphia. Through a shot-in-the-dark blog-post query, a little luck and a donor with a romantic streak, the presumed-lost portrait of Maria Cecil Gist Gratz has made its way from Georgia to the Rosenbach, joining an assembly of other Gratz family portraits (including a painting of philanthropist, social activist and Jewish leader Rebecca Gratz, created in 1831 by Thomas Sully). Serendipitously, the Maria Gratz portrait has also been reunited with its other half: a portrait of Maria’s husband, Benjamin Gratz. Sully completed these two portraits as a matching set, but they have been separated for decades. The Maria and Benjamin portraits were created while the