Category: Exhibitions

Uffizi Sends Medici Portraits to the Palazzo dei Vicari

May 24 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Uffizi in Florence has sent a group of Medici Portraits to the Palazzo dei Vicari in Mugello for a special exhibition which opened last week.

According to the gallery's website:

Lands of the Uffizi brings the Medici family portraits to the noble halls of Scarperia’s Palazzo dei Vicari to evoke the lengthy and widespread presence of the Medici in the country and towns of the Mugello, the family’s legendary homeland. From 19 May to 5 November the Museo dei Ferri Taglienti in Scarperia and San Piero will be hosting "The Medici: Mugello Folk. Family portraits from the Gallerie degli Uffizi", an exhibition devised and produced by the Fondazione CR Firenze and the Gallerie degli Uffizi in the context of their respective Piccoli Grandi Musei and Uffizi Diffusi schemes.

The portraits of the Dukes and their consorts in this exhibition are by leading Florentine artists who populated the art scene in the city in the 1530s and ‘40s, following in the footsteps of such great early 16th century masters as Fra Bartolomeo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Andrea del Sarto.

The display will run until 5th November 2024.

Rembrandt and Children at The British Museum

May 24 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The British Museum have recently opened a small exhibition dedicated to the subject of Rembrandt and Children. The display is focused around their recent acquisition of a Rembrandt drawing showing a sleeping baby.

According to the museum's website:

Children appear in many guises in Dutch and Flemish art: studies for formal portraits, with examples by Anthony van Dyck, tender domestic scenes, best represented by Rembrandt and his pupils, and in playful depictions of daily life, such as Adriaen van Ostade's interiors populated by children, who play, sleep, cry and perform domestic duties. In this context, the drawings of children by Rembrandt and his circle appear seemingly timeless – observed from life, not embellished or idealised, they connect with us, almost 400 years later.

The show will run until 6th October 2024.

Katherine Parr Cleaned

May 23 2024

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Picture: Left - Sotheby's / Right - @NPGLondon via 'X'

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Portrait Gallery in London have shared a photo on 'X' showing the recently restored portrait of Katherine Parr (right), the last wife of King Henry VIII. The painting, attributed to Master John, had been sold from the collection of the Earls of Jersey at Sotheby's in 2023 (left) and is now in a private collection. The conservation of this portrait has been very successful by the looks of it. Those bold blocks of colour in the background, set against Katherine's face and intricate dress, gives the portrait a remarkably modern feel I think.

It appears that the painting will be included in the NPG's upcoming Six Wives exhibition which opens in June.

Special Exhibition for Restored Carracci Fireplaces

May 21 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A special exhibition has just opened at the Palazzo d'Accursio in Bologna. The show is dedicated to two recently restored fireplaces by Ludovico and Annibale Carracci. The frescos, which were removed from their original settings and placed onto canvas in 1911, were purchased at auction in 2022 by Michelangelo Poletti. The works have since been restored and will now be on display until 22nd September 2024. Click on the link above to read the full story.

Filippo e Filippino Lippi in Rome

May 16 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new exhibition opened at the Musei Capitolini in Rome yesterday. As the title suggests, the show will examine the careers of father and son Fra' Filippo Lippi (1406-1469) and Filippino (1457-1504). Both works on paper and paintings will be on display drawing on loans from collections across Italy.

The exhibition will run until 25th August 2024.

Mary Cassatt at Work in Philadelphia

May 16 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be opening an exhibition dedicated to Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) in two days' time. The show is being shared with The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and already has a rather nicely produced catalogue to go alongside it.

According to the museum's website:

A celebrated member of the French Impressionists, Pennsylvania-born Mary Cassatt challenged the conventional expectations of Philadelphia’s elite. In Paris, Cassatt committed herself to a career as a professional artist and made the social, intellectual, and working lives of modern women a core subject of her prints, paintings, and pastels. Though recognized in her lifetime for her intimate depictions of women and children, Cassatt has yet to be appreciated for her serious engagement with the realities of gender and labor in her portrayal of other traditionally feminine activities, such as embroidery, reading, or making social appearances.

These depictions lie at the heart of Mary Cassatt at Work, which will present over 130 diverse works that follow the artist’s evolving practice and demonstrate her interest in the “serious work” of artmaking. The exhibition will present new findings about the materials she used and her processes—which were advanced for her era—as it coincides with a detailed technical study of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s significant Cassatt holdings.

The exhibition will run until 8th September 2024.

Modigliani: Modern Gazes in Potsdam

May 16 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museum Barberini in Potsdam opened a new exhibition at the end of last month dedicated to the subject of Modigliani: Modern Gazes.

According to the blurb on the museum's website:

Almond-shaped, sightless eyes are an unmistakable feature of Modigliani’s style. With their stoic noblesse, his portraits and nudes have become icons of modern art. Like Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani provoked both hostility and admiration, and his early death encouraged the creation of legends. Only a few of his pieces are found in German collections. The show Modigliani: Modern Gazes, the first exhibition of his work in Germany in fifteen years, offers a revised image of Modigliani, presenting him as an artist who turned his gaze to emancipated women.

The show will run until 18th August 2024.

Colección Abelló in Málaga

May 15 2024

Video: Europa Press

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A group of 62 artworks from the Colección Abelló have gone on display in the Fundación Unicaja Cultural Center Málaga. The show entitled From Raphael to Bacon will showcase some of the highlights of this private collection amassed by Spanish billionaire Juan Abelló and his wife Anna Gamazo de Abelló.

Fanciful Figures at the John Soane Museum

May 15 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I failed to spot that the John Soane Museum opened a new exhibition earlier in the spring. Entitled Fanciful Figures, the show draws special attention to the figures so often overlooked in 18th & 19th century architectural drawings.

According to the website:

The Georgians placed these figures, whether beautifully dressed, sociable or industrious, into their drawings to animate, add intrigue and enhance the aspirational appeal of their designs. They also played, and continue to play, an important role in indicating the scale and function of architectural elements and drawing attention to the special features of designs.

Just as architects today use staffage to help prospective buyers imagine a life in and around new developments, these historic scenes were created to market new possibilities to audiences. They have, therefore, taken on a new significance as a means of signalling shifts in style, demographics, work, and culture. Between the city traders and happy families, street-side boxing matches and children riding in dog-carts, the figures celebrated in this exhibition help piece together a vibrant picture.

The exhibition will run until 9th June 2024.

Monet and London at the Courtauld in September

May 14 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Courtauld Institute of Art have announced that they'll be putting on an exhibition entitled Monet and London. Views of the Thames in September 2024.

According to the institute's website:

Begun over three stays in the capital between 1899 and 1901, the series—depicting Charing Cross Bridge, Waterloo Bridge and the Houses of Parliament—was unveiled at a landmark exhibition in Paris in 1904. Monet fervently wanted to show them in London itself the following year, 1905, but plans fell through. To this day, they have never been the subject of an exhibition in the UK.

The Griffin Catalyst Exhibition: Monet and London. Views of the Thames will realise Monet’s unfulfilled ambition of showing this extraordinary group of paintings in London, on the banks of the Thames and a mere 300 metres from the Savoy Hotel where most were painted. By presenting the paintings Monet himself selected for his public in Paris and London, it will provide visitors with the unique experience of seeing the show Monet curated and the works he felt best represented his ambitious artistic enterprise – brought together for the first time 120 years after their inaugural exhibition.

The show will run from 27th September 2024 until 19th January 2025.

Jean Daret and the Musée Granet

May 13 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence will be opening a monograph exhibition on the artist Jean Daret (1614-1668) in June. The show will be the first ever dedicated to the artist and to the subject of Provençal Baroque painting.

According to the museum's website:

Jean Daret painted for the most prestigious patrons of his time, including King Louis XIV and the Governor of Provence. Still, his name only became more widely known in 1978 when his work was included in an exhibition of Provençal paintings in Marseille.

That said, Jean Daret is still far from a household name. Although his paintings hang in museums in France, the United States, and Russia, in churches and cathedrals across Provence, and in private townhouses in Aix-en-Provence —the Hôtel de Châteaurenard and the Hôtel Maurel de Pontevès—his extensive body of work deserves better recognition.

The exhibition at Musée Granet is an opportunity to display an outstanding ensemble of about one hundred pieces, including the artist's most accomplished works, oils on canvas, drawings and engravings, alongside paintings by great 17th-century masters, including Paris-based artist Jacques Blanchard and Provençal painters Nicolas Mignard, Reynaud Levieux and Gilles Garcin.

The show will run from 15th June 2024 until 29th September 2024.

Picturing Childhood at Chatsworth

May 13 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A reminder that Chatsworth opened a new display earlier this Spring dedicated to the theme of Picturing Childhood. The video above* shows how many of the artworks have been redisplayed, a good chance to see some paintings which are not usually on display it seems!

*  - Listen without sound, if like me you are particularly sensitive to incongruous background music.

Maria Cosway in Corsica

May 13 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museu Casa nativa di Pasquale Paoli in Corsica will be opening an exhibition dedicated to Maria Cosway in a few days' time. The venue was the birthplace of Maria's friend, the statesman Pasquale Paoli, with whom the female artist shared a correspondence with at various points during her life and career.

The themes of the exhibition galleries are as follows:

Introduction
Apprenticeship in Italy
Maria Hadfield becomes Maria Cosway
Room 1 • Maria Cosway in English
society The Queen of Pall Mall
About women artists
Pasquale Paoli and Maria Cosway
Room 2 • Maria Cosway painter
The influence of the Roman circle
Friendship with David
Exhibiting at the Royal Academy
Room 3 • Rupture
Room 4 • Emancipation: Maria Cosway as a teacher

The show will run from 18th May 2024 until 30th October 2024.

Michelangelo at The British Museum

May 2 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The British Museum's latest drawings exhibition Michelangelo: The Last Decades opens today. Here's a new video by curator Sarah Vowles explaining why the artist's final years are amongst the most interesting of his career.

Mary Beale on Pall Mall

May 2 2024

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Picture: AB

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A brief post to express enthusiasm for Philip Mould & Co.'s recently opened exhibition Fruit of Friendship: Portraits by Mary Beale. I had the chance to visit yesterday and was mightily inspired by the pictures on display. This is an unrivalled experience to get up close to view some very beautiful works, alongside several very intriguing rediscoveries and surprises.

This free show will run until 19th July 2024, here are some free audio guides for those unable to make it!

Turner in Monaco

May 1 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco will be opening an exhibition entitled Turner: The Sublime Legacy in July. The show, in collaboration with Tate, will feature 38 paintings and 40 works on paper 'illustrating his innovative style and his qualities of abstraction.' 30 works by modern and contemporary artists will also be placed in dialogue with Turner's works.

The show will run from 6th July 2024 until 1st September 2024.

Masterpieces from the oeuvre of Jan Davidsz. de Heem

April 29 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Snijders&Rockoxhuis in Antwerp opened a new exhibition over the weekend entitled Masterpieces from the oeuvre of Jan Davidsz. de Heem. The show was organised to coincide with curator Fred G. Meijer's recently published catalogue raisonné.

The display will continue until 1st October 2024.

The Arts in France during the reign of Charles VII

April 26 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I missed the news last month that a new exhibition opened at the Musée de Cluny dedicated to the Arts in France during the reign of Charles VII. The show focuses on works produced during the end of the 15th century, troubled by the last outbreaks of the Hundred Years' War and prone to influences from Flanders and Italy.

The show will run until 16th June 2024.

Compare Tintorettos at the Palazzo Grimani

April 26 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new exhibition has opened recently at the Museum of Palazzo Grimani in Venice, dedicated to Jacopo and Domenico Tintorettos' members of the Grimani family. The display has been made possible by several loans, including works from a private collection, organised by Colnaghi, and others lent from the Schorr Collection and the Rijksmuseum.

The show will run until 8th September 2024.

Drawing the Italian Renaissance at the King's Gallery in November 2024

April 26 2024

Image of Drawing the Italian Renaissance at the King's Gallery in November 2024

Picture: RCT

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I've spotted on the Royal Collection Trust's website that they'll be opening a new exhibition on Drawing the Italian Renaissance in November 2024.

According to the website:

The Renaissance period saw a dramatic transformation in the way that artists worked, with a new-found appreciation for creativity pushing artistic boundaries. Drawing became central to this development, evolving from an essential tool of workshop practice to an exciting art form in its own right.

The Royal Collection holds one of the world’s greatest groups of Italian drawings. Through around 160 works on paper by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian alongside lesser-known artists, this exhibition will reveal the diversity and accomplishment of drawing across Italy during this revolutionary period.

The show will run from 1st November 2024 until 9th March 2025.

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