I first heard Paul Mellon speak publicly in 1974, at a formal dinner at the National Gallery of Art. He talked of his father Andrew Mellon’s founding idea of the National Gallery as a gift to the nation.
At the time, I was a curator of 20th-century art at the gallery, in which capacity I was privileged to work with Mellon—“P.M.” to the staff—for a decade.
In Celebration of Paul Mellon
National Gallery of Art
Through Sept. 18