CAMDEN — The Camden Public Library invites the public to sign up for an evening of art and intrigue on Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. Art Curator Mallory Mortillaro’s online presentation will unravel the story behind the sculpture titled “Napoleon Enveloppé Dans Ses Réves” (or “Napoleon Wrapped in his Dreams”), thought to be lost to the art world since the 1930s. Visit the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at librarycamden.org to register and receive the Zoom link to attend.

Mortillaro serves as the curator of collections for the Hartley Dodge Foundation in Madison, N.J. While she was cataloging the artwork housed inside of the Hartley Dodge Memorial, she uncovered a 700-lb. masterpiece that had been hidden in plain sight for 75 years. After a year of research, the piece was authenticated as an official work by Auguste Rodin, and valued at up to $12 million. Mallory will share the tale of how a simple art cataloging project evolved into a search for a mysterious piece’s provenance, and became one of the biggest art finds in recent history.

Martillaro holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching, both from Drew University. She balances her work as an art historian with teaching 7th grade English. She lives in Whippany, N.J. with her husband.

Learn more about this and other programs from the Camden Public Library by visiting librarycamden.org.

Mallory Mortillaro with Auguste Rodin’s 1910 marble sculpture “Napoleon Enveloppé Dans Ses Réves.” Photo by Karen Mancinelli