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November 13, 2014
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William & Mary News: Architect Announced for Muscarelle Expansion

Pelli Clarke Pelli of New Haven, Connecticut, has been selected as the architectural firm that will design a planned state-of-the-art facility called The Martha Wren Briggs Center for the Visual Arts, which will include an expanded Muscarelle Museum of Art.

WCVE Public Radio: Botticelli Feature with Audio

In this segment, Peter Solomon speaks with the museum’s chief curator and assistant director, John Spike.

Richmond Times Dispatch:  Art Exhibit Transforms Williamsburg into Florence

The show may be the most excellent art exhibit ever staged in the commonwealth.

Wall Street Journal: Botticelli and the Search for the Divine Review, Beauty on Earth as It Is in Heaven

…only a small number of museums own a few works by him…That is why “Botticelli and the Search for the Divine…” at the Muscarelle Museum of Art here is so special.

Christian Science Monitor:  Botticelli Work Comes to the US for the First Time

For the first time, one of only two life-size nude paintings of a solitary Venus will be on display in the United States as the centerpiece of a new exhibition on Sandro Botticelli, which will be mounted by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary from Feb. 11 to April 5.

Artsy: How This Tiny Museum in Virginia Lands Major Shows of Botticelli and Michelangelo

When news broke that an unprecedented show of work by Botticelli in the U.S. was slated for 2017, it came as a surprise to learn that it would take place at the little-known Muscarelle Museum of Art, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Tourists typically visit the historic town for its colonial re-enactments and ghost tours, not its art. If you’ve followed the Muscarelle in recent years, however, you’ll know that Botticelli fits right in.

Richmond Times Dispatch:  A spiritual excursion into Botticelli’s genius

Much of Sandro Botticelli’s life is clouded in mystery.  A new exhibit at the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg attempts to shed light into some of the darkest corners of the far-flung legacy left behind by this exceptional Italian Renaissance artist.

Artnet:  At the Muscarelle, “The Botticelli show continues a tradition of internationally important exhibitions…”

…following Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Leonardo da Vinci in recent years, in which exhibitions of great original works of art provide the lens for us to explore the themes and ideas that inspired their genius”.

Virginia Gazette:  Behind the Scenes of Botticelli at the Muscarelle

In a matter of weeks, the elevator doors will start to empty thousands of people into galleries containing 26 works by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli and his colleagues.

Business Wire:  Botticelli Painting on View for First Time in United States

One of only two of Botticelli’s paintings of an isolated Venus will be on view for the first time in the United States, together with other Botticelli mythologies and portraits in Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting Between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities, a major international loan exhibition organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Va., in partnership with Italy’s Associazione Culturale Metamorfosi.

The Washington Post:  There’s some staggering artwork on college campuses that people can see without museum crowds

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.”

Daily Press:  Leonardo da Vinci exhibit prepares to open at the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg

The exhibit “Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty” opens Saturday at the Muscarelle and runs through April 5. It’s the second huge exhibit at the Muscarelle in three years, following 2013’s “Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane.” Like the Michelangelo exhibit, the da Vinci art will only have one other U.S. venue, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

ALT Daily.com: Legs, Ladies, and the Law: Da Vinci Exhibit at W&M

Feast your eyes on pre-modern visualizations of long limbs, delicate visages, and female empowerment at William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art, where joint exhibitions showcase the accomplishments of two Italian luminaries – Leonardo da Vinci, who needs no introduction, and Matilda of Canossa, a progressive 11th-century Tuscan countess who, among other things, revived ancient Roman law in medieval Europe and laid the groundwork for later women’s rights. If history lessons lull you to sleep, the pictures themselves will do all the talking…

Virginia Gazette: Leonardo da Vinci drawings at the Muscarelle Museum of Art

With more than 20 images by Leonardo and 8 by his chief rival, Michelangelo, this exploration of Leonardo’s focus on the beautiful and the ugly is the largest da Vinci exhibit in the U.S. since 2003. It also features a new-found self portrait.

CNBC: Muscarelle Museum of Art Announces Leonardo da Vinci Exhibit

The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary announced that the first exhibition devoted to Leonardo da Vinci’s fascination with the beautiful and the ugly …

The Flat Hat: A Touch of the East at the Muscarelle

“Tree to Mountain,” an exhibit showcasing over two dozen woodblock prints by Japanese artist Toshi Yoshida opened at the College of William and Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art …

William & Mary News:  Tree to Mountain: Student Curated Muscarelle exhibition

William & Mary students helped curate a new exhibition opening at the Muscarelle Museum of Art Friday, which will showcase more than two dozen works from Japanese printmaking artist Tōshi Yoshida.

The Flat Hat: Beauty and Naturalism at the Muscarelle

As John Spike, Assistant Director for the College of William and Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art, explained, “Naturalism just means, ultimately, …

Ciao America: Caravaggio Exhibition at the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg

This February visitors to the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary will have a rare opportunity to view three famous paintings by, or attributed to, Caravaggio and take sides in an intense debate among the world’s leading authorities on Italian paintings.

Alpha Omega Arts: Caravaggio Exhibition Now at Muscarelle Museum of Art

This winter visitors to the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary have a rare opportunity to view three famous…

Artist Daily.com:  The Dutch Italianates at the Muscarelle Museum of Art

The Muscarelle Museum of Art, in Williamsburg, Virginia, will be the initial site for the national tour of the major exhibition of Old Master paintings.  “The Dutch Italianates: Seventeenth-Century Masterpieces From Dulwich Picture Gallery” presents a variety of views of 17th-century Italian landscapes as seen through the eyes of Dutch artists…

Gold Leaf Studios Blog:  Exhibit, Lecture and Gilding Workshop at The Muscarelle Museum of Art

Bill has culled a selection of frames from his private collection to present at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary. The exhibit…

This Is Italy.com:  US ready to welcome Caravaggio’s masterpieces

US ready to welcome Caravaggio’s masterpieces. Three beautiful paintings are currently hosted by theMuscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg.

The New York Times:  Coming Events in London, Virginia, San Francisco

Michelangelo aficionados can save themselves a flight to Florence.  Works by the artist normally at the Casa Buonarroti are on view in a show at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

An Art-Filled Virginia Weekend

Between now and April 14, Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane is on display at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary in …

The splendor of Imperial Russia in two magnificent exhibitions at the NC Museum of History

To commemorate the event, the N.C. Museum of History is hosting two … The Tsars’ Cabinet is organized by The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the …

The Muscarelle presents Wine & Run for the Roses!

The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary held their first annual Wine and Run for the Roses event Saturday afternoon, May 7, …

Michelangelo’s Drawings On the Way to Muscarelle Museum of Art

“Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti” will be on view at theMuscarelle Museum of Art at the College …

Greek Reporter.com:  Virginia Museum Features Ancient Athenian Artisans

Athenian Potters and Painters: Greek Vases from Virginia Collections is being exhibited at The Muscarelle Museum of Art through Sept. 30, 2012…

Wine Auction and Derby Day Party May 7 at Muscarelle Museum

Now, you have a chance to sample a wide assortment of Virginia wines at the Muscarelle Museum’s Wine & Run for the Roses party and wine auction.

EmptyEasel.com:  Finding Inspiration in Art

Recently I heard there was an Impressionist show at the Muscarelle Museum on the campus of William & Mary here in Williamsburg, and I dropped …

Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane

Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, in the MFA’s Lee Gallery, is organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at The College of William & Mary in …

The Prints of William Walmsley

His works are in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Muscarelle Museum at William and Mary, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Mint Museum, and …

11 Things to Love About Williamsburg

Muscarelle Museum of Art Lecture Series: If you want to go where the locals go, look up the latest slate of lectures at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, …

Visiting Masterpieces: Caravaggio and Connoisseurship

Organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art, the exhibition allows visitors to employ the analytical thinking of experts and decide for themselves: which …

The Tsars’ Cabinet

Organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, The Tsars’ Cabinet at the Museum of Russian …

Developing World Gallery Submissions

The Muscarelle Museum of Art will have the best photos professionally printed and hung in the Sadler Center on exhibition for the month of April.

Jacksonville’s Cummer Museum to Host Two Shows

Upcoming FSU related exhibitions at the Cummer Museum … His works are in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Muscarelle Museum at …

Michelangelo’s Cleopatra

It debuted in February at the College of William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art in honor of the museum’s 30th anniversary and has now moved to …

The Tsars’ Cabinet: The Luxury and Romance of the Romanovs

Starting October 13, visitors to Toronto’s Gardiner Museum will be … and organized by the Muscarelle Museumof Art at the College of William and …

Gene Davis’s Rhythmic Color

(Kreeger Museum) … color patterns of the “Solar Wall,” a set of tubes filled with dyed water and backlit by fluorescent lights, at the Muscarelle Museum …

Care2.com: What Michelangelo Can Teach Us

I recently had the pleasure of attending Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, an exhibit at The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William …

Encyclopedia Virginia: This Day (Off with Her Head Edition)

1735–1743 (Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary); a map of Libby Prison that includes a written account of the February 1864 …

Pulitzer Center: Muscarelle Annex Developing World Gallery

The College of William and Mary’s International Relations Club along with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Muscarelle Museum of Art, and…

NBC News.com: An ugly Michelangelo portrait? It may not be his

Courtesy of the Muscarelle Museum of Art. Michelangelo’s portrait of Cleopatra has been called an ideal Renaissance composition of an idealized …

Huntington Library’s VERSO:  Yours, W Short

Rembrandt Peale (American, 1778–1860), Portrait of William Short (1759–1849), 1806, oil on canvas, Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of…

ThisIsTrue.com:  Two Teen Tales

The judges included the director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary, and a director from the Chrysler Museum of Art.

October Gallery.com:  Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond presents a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by forty-three black artists who explored the African American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era and the decades beyond, which saw tremendous social and political changes.

ClothesOnFilm.com:  Costume Stories

This looks a bit brilliant but we’re afraid it’s more than a short plane hop away. Get yourself to the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Virginia if …

Nashville Scene:  Hirst and Kokoschka and Prada, Oh My (Exhibition Lineup)

Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti offers an intimate view into the hand and mind of Michelangelo Buonarroti, one of the greatest masters of the history of Western art. Twenty-five carefully selected drawings attest to the versatile artist’s activities as a sculptor, painter, poet, architect, and military engineer.

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Michelangelo exhibit at William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art

You could not go to Italy today and find an exhibit encompassing 25 works by Michelangelo, the Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, poet and architect considered among the greatest artists of all time.  But you can now, in Williamsburg, on the campus of the College of William & Mary. And what’s there includes works rarely or never before seen in the United States.

Breuerpress: Michelangelo’s Drawings Head To Muscarelle Museum of Art In Virginia

Twenty-five drawings by Michelangelo begin a two-city U.S. exhibition in Virginia on Saturday, including some works never before seen in the United States and many that offer a glimpse into the mind of the master and the tumultuous times in which he lived.

Business Wire:  Muscarelle Museum of Art Nominates 17th Century Portrait

Voting in Virginia’s Top Ten Endangered Artifacts (www.vatop10artifacts.org) campaign is underway now through August 23, and the Muscarelle…

Wall Street Journal: From the Mind of Michelangelo

The Muscarelle Museum in Williamsburg, Va., is displaying 12 drawings by Michelangelo Buonarroti, as well as several of his poems and other …

Virginia Pilot/HamptonRoads.com: Florentine connection at Muscarelle Museum of Art

Here’s a bold boast that deserves a town crier: The largest and most important exhibition of Michelangelo drawings in the United States since 1988 opens today in Williamsburg.

William & Mary News: Caravaggio Exhibition Coming to the Muscarelle Museum of Art

This February visitors coming to the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary will have a rare opportunity to view three famous paintings by, or attributed to, Caravaggio and take sides in an intense debate among the world’s leading authorities on Italian paintings.

Virginia is for Lovers: Muscarelle Museum of Art

The Muscarelle Museum of Art is located on the campus of The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The origins of the collection can be …

GigaPan: A Brush with Passion: Mattia Preti @ The Muscarelle Museum of Art

This GigaPan contains 13 of the 15 Mattia Preti paintings currently on loan to the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary.

The New York Times: A Portrait’s Long Fingers Suggest El Greco

A scholar at the Muscarelle Museum at the College of William and Mary has identified a canvas as being by El Greco.

AIA Virginia: Test of Time Awarded to the Muscarelle Museum of Art

The College of William and Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art, designed by Carlton Abbott, FAIA, has been selected to receive the Society’s Test of …

Virginia Living Magazine: Wine & Run for the Roses

Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg. Nearly 350 supporters attended “Wine & Run for the Roses” on May 5 at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the …

Daily Press: Caravaggio’s hand explored in Muscarelle Museum show of three Old Master paintings

Now both images are on view at the College of William and Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art, which is inviting viewers to decide for themselves if one …

WY Daily: Sneak Peek

Glenn Close: A Life in Costume, an exhibit of costumes from Tony-winning actress Glenn Close’s career, opens Sunday at the Muscarelle Museum.

Ray Evans Author: Muscarelle Museum, College of William & Mary to benefit The Arc-GW

The Muscarelle Museum at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, provided a wonderful venue for this VIP Reader event. The evening began…

The Flat Hat: Muscarelle tackles three Bs: Bullets, Ballet and Ballots

On the second floor of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary, there is a softly lit, gray gallery. Striking photographs belt the …

The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary is proud to announce the opening of ‘Michelangelo: …

House and Home Magazine

Less than two weeks after their largest blockbuster exhibitions ever, the Muscarelle Museum will welcome patrons from their next exhibition Curators …

National Endowment for the Arts: Meet the Muscarelle

Wander to the College of William & Mary and you will find the Muscarelle Museum of Art. This museum, first opened in 1983, has deep ties to the …

GSA Blog: A Special Exhibition

Celebrating the American Scene: Painters of the Federal Art Projects, the current exhibition at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, features 33 of the GSA’s thousands of lesser known works produced during the New Deal.

Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO): Significant American Paintings Given to the Muscarelle Museum of Art

Gene A. (William and Mary, 1952) and Mary A. Burns, whose generous art acquisitions endowment fund has enabled the Muscarelle Museum of Art at…

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