Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

Anne d'Harnoncourt, 1943-2008

As the only child of René d'Harnoncourt, the onetime director of New York's Museum of Modern Art, the museum world was in her DNA. And as director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 1982, she more than lived up to the family legacy. Tall, coltish and tirelessly enthusiastic, d'Harnoncourt built and re-organized collections, re-installed galleries and added buildings, energizing what had been a somewhat sleepy institution and raising attendance figures without lowering standards.

Richard Lacayo