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Southampton, NY

19 Jun

The row of Roman Caesars, generals and Traian’s statue, marble copies of originals in the Vatican, were brought here by Samuel Longstreth Parrish to be installed in his art museum hosting Renaissance paintings and plaster of classical sculpture at its opening in 1898. However the collection of imperial statues displayed in this emblematic extremely affluent Long Island village is in a way a reference to many of its inhabitants who imagine themselves arrogantly more than Caesars and emperors of a different type of battle. The vanity of the place was perfectly stated one day by a woman walking the Main street with her girlfriends, whose conversation it happened to overhear: “How can you live without 3 million a year? How can you keep your lifestyle?”. However her strong Long Island accent was saying something else…

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Parrish Museum, Southampton, NY

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