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Sherry-Netherland Gives Mural Artist Joseph Aruta His Due

There’s a whole new reason to drop by the lobby of the Sherry-Netherland at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. After decades of painted-over ignominy, a spectacular ceiling mural created by artist Joseph Aruta for the hotel’s opening in 1927 has been fully restored.

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From a report in the Daily News by Beth Stebner:

Bill Mensching, the director of EverGreene Architectural Arts’ Mural Studio and project manager of the monumental task, says it’s a mystery when or why the artwork – featuring the seven Liberal Arts muses and modeled after a mural at the Vatican – was plastered over in the first place.

“No one remembered it was there,” he said, until board members of the 59th St. hotspot saw old black-and-white photos of the artwork.

Mensching, who has previously overseen similar rescue efforts at the Empire State Building and the Museum of Natural History, tells Stebnber this one was “really special.”

[Image courtesy: sherrynetherland.com]

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