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The International Influence of Frank Lloyd Wright – Residential Architecture in Sydney in the 1950s and 1960s | Selected Topics in Architecture

March 14, 2017
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Tuesday, March 14 | 6 PM

David Brashear, Architectural Historian

The International Influence of Frank Lloyd Wright – Residential Architecture in Sydney in the 1950s and 1960s

Following World War II, architects in Australia redoubled their efforts to find an architecture that was expressive of what it meant to be Australian. Many architectural students traveled abroad to study and to see important modern architecture in person. Some architects looked to the International Style, but others embraced an aesthetic that was more regional and organic in its roots, and clearly derivative of Frank Lloyd Wright. This lecture will trace the work of several architects operating in the suburbs of Sydney and the impact of Wright on their residential work.

Presented by MCV Foundation and VCU Health.

Opening Night Reception for the W&M Global Film Festival

February 23, 2017
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Join the Muscarelle on February 23 at 5 PM as we celebrate the opening of the 2017 W&M Global Film Festival! The reception will be held in the gallery and guests are encouraged to explore our exhibit, Botticelli and the Search for the Divine while enjoying hors d’oeurvres and an open bar. After the reception there will be a shuttle service to the Kimball Theatre for those who are attending the opening night film. Tickets are $75-$125.
 

Muscarelle After Dark

February 22, 2017
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Wednesdays evenings through April 5, the Muscarelle is open until 9:00 pm!  Come for a relaxing evening with original paintings by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli!

Classical Precedents and Creative Invenzione in Italian Renaissance Architecture | Selected Topics in Architecture

February 13, 2017
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Monday, February 13 | 6 PM

David Brashear, Architectural Historian

Classical Precedents and Creative Invenzione in Italian Renaissance Architecture

The concept of rustication was formally introduced into the palette of Renaissance architecture by Sebastiano Serlio in 1537 through the publication of the first book of his architectural treatise. Serlio’s inclusion of rustication was a reflection of both antique precedent and the work of a range of important Renaissance architects. This lecture will explore the interrelated efforts of Serlio and the architectural production of Giulio Romano in Mantua and Jacopo Sansovino in Venice that collectively marked an inflection point in the use of rustication in architecture and served as guideposts to a broadened architectural framework that would be used by others as the Italian Renaissance continued to press ahead.

Presented by MCV Foundation and VCU Health.

Botticelli’s Venus to Go on View in the United States for the First Time

January 24, 2017
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Read the full article on artnet here.

“A Venus painting by Italian master Sandro Botticelli will go on view in the United States for the first time as part of a touring exhibition featuring sixteen paintings from throughout his oeuvre.”

“Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities” will go on view at Muscarelle Museum of Art in Virginia before traveling to Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. As one of the highlights, the exhibition will feature one of only two isolated depictions of Venus ever painted by the much-loved artist.”

Hark Upon a History

November 10, 2016
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Hark Upon a History: The 1929 Journey to England, curated by Sydney Stewart, ’16 and Michaela Wright, ’16, is a companion exhibition to Building the Brafferton: The Founding, Funding and Legacy of America’s Indian School.  The exhibition tells the story of William & Mary President Julian Alvin Carroll Chandler and his journey to explore and shed light on the English heritage of the College. In the spring of 1929, President Chandler and school architect, Charles Morrison Robinson, set sail for England to investigate the history of the College and the origins of the Brafferton.

For an in-depth look at the materials and research used to curate the exhibition, please click here.

Matilda of Canossa and the Origins of the Renaissance

April 25, 2015
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The Muscarelle Museum of Art, in its first collaboration with the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary is pleased to present Matilda of Canossa and the Origins of the Renaissance.  This is the first monographic exhibition in the United States ever dedicated to Matilda, one of the great leaders and women of the Middle Ages.  Curated by Michèle K. Spike, noted biographer of Matilda of Canossa and adjunct professor of law at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, this exhibition will be on view from February 7 to April 24, 2015.

Matilda of Canossa Press Release

Staggering Artwork at the Muscarelle Museum of Art: Article in The Washington Post

February 25, 2015
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The drawings were shipped with armed guards, the travel schedule kept secret, in frames equipped with their own precise micro-climates and sensors linked to computers in Italy. Once at their destination – a small museum on a Virginia college campus – more than a thousand students lined up on a cold night for their chance to spend time, up close, with Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings.

“It’s incomparable, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Aaron de Groft, director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary. “They’re 500 years old and produced by one of the greatest artists in history.” He remembered his own experience, as a student, watching a curator take out a Michelangelo drawing and marveling. “How did I get here?” he remembers thinking. “Someone of great genius touched this. … It’s a very humbling experience.”

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