I owe our pal Elisabeth Palladino for this gem: The Memory Palace, a storytelling podcast hosted by Nate DiMeo. Lis recommended that I start with the episodes that DiMeo made while he was an artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, so that’s what I did. Each short, almost meditative, episode focuses on a single work of art in the museum. I love short, well-crafted stories, and I also love museum audio guides, of which these are a very special example. I was happily knitting my way through the first few, when I arrived at story number 4, A Portrait.
Which blew me away.
No spoilers. I’ll just say that it’s a tiny morsel of American history that I’ll not soon forget.
You’ll want to be looking at this painting while you listen:
Portrait of William Duguid by Prince Demah Barnes, 1773. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Public Domain.
The painting itself doesn’t give anything away, but don’t look it up until you’ve listened to the story.
I’m now hooked on The Memory Palace. Thanks, Lis!