The Rockefellers and Their Astonishing Cultural Legacy Explored in New Book

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LONDON.- When John D. Rockefeller Jr. commissioned a great deal of art for the construction of Rockefeller Center during the midst of the Great Depression, Vogue editor Frank Crowninshield praised Rockefeller as “the greatest friend and patron of the arts since Lorenzo de Medici.” Both Rockefeller and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller felt passionately about the arts, and in AMERICA’S MEDICIS: The Rockefellers and Their Astonishing Cultural Legacy (Harper; November 16, 2010; Hardcover; $34.99), author Suzanne Loebl details the Rockefeller family’s remarkable impact on the growth of the American art scene in the twentieth century. Drawing upon extensive research from the Rockefellers’ archives and endowed institutions, Loebl recounts the family’s enormous contributions to artistic