Mary Gabriel, currently based in London, works as a reporter and editor for the world desk of Reuters News Service. Previously, she served as executive editor of the award-winning Museum & Arts Washington magazine, and prior to that edited and reported for United Press International and the Baltimore News-American newspaper.
Her first book, Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored, was a New York Times Notable Book in 1998. Her second, The Art of Acquiring: A Portrait of Etta & Claribel Cone, is the definitive source on its subject.
A native of Minneapolis, and a longtime resident of Baltimore, she holds a Diplome from the University of Paris at the Sorbonne, a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a Master's Degree in Journalism from American University.
For four and a half decades, Etta and Claribel Cone roamed artists' studios and art galleries in Europe, building one of the largest, most important art collections in the world. In 1949, they awarded all their holdings to the Baltimore Museum of Art. In 2002, that collection was valued at nearly $1 billion, making them two of the most philanthropic art collectors of our age. This is their story.