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Beauty from the Precipice

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VMFA exhibition places the Natural Bridge within a wider aesthetic context. Thomas Jefferson superstar. He shines in all media. We know him from biographies as a teenage carrot top studying at the College of William & Mary but finding time to dance and play the fiddle. In 1969 we see him on Broadway in “1776,” a musical set in Philadelphia as he sweats out the Declaration of Independence. By 1995 he’s in the movies as a widower, the United States ambassador to France and the lover of Sally Hemings and Maria Cosway. In “Jefferson in Paris,” a Merchant Ivory film,...

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