Past Exhibitions

Twilight of a Golden Age: Florentine Painting After the Renaissance

February 24, 2015
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April 25, 2015 – January 17, 2016

On view through January 2016, Twilight of a Golden Age: Florentine Painting after the Renaissance, Masterworks from the Haukohl Family Collection provides the opportunity to see some of the finest examples of paintings and objects from the Florentine Baroque period.  Florentine Baroque paintings, dating from the late sixteenth to early eighteenth centuries, utilize vibrant colors and a brilliant use of shadow to portray dramatic scenes wrought with emotion.  The Haukohl Family Collection has been carefully curated by Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl and this exhibition is made possible through his generosity.

Twilight of a Golden Age Press Release

Hiroshige’s 53 Stations of the Tokaido

February 4, 2015
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February 6, 2016 — August 21, 2016

Hiroshige’s 53 Stations of the Tokaido  explores the most traveled road in old Japan with fresh eyes. This exhibition presents five distinct complete sets of Hiroshige’s The 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road never before displayed together. Centering on the fifty-five woodblock prints of Hiroshige’s famed first set, the Hoeido Tokaido (1832-1833, oban), the four additional series reveal the spectrum of Hiroshige’s visual poetry: Sanoki Tokaido (late 1830s, bound, chuban); Gyosho Tokaido (c. 1841-1842, aiban); Tsutaya Tokaido (c. 1850, bound, chuban); Upright Tokaido (1855, oban).  Hiroshige’s Tokaido  immerses the viewer in a panoramic view of the Tokaido and Hiroshige’s romance with the landscape of Japan. All works in this exhibition are on loan from the Ronin Collection of the Ronin Gallery, New York.

Press Release Available Here

Norman Rockwell and the Boy Scouts

January 8, 2015
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February 6, 2016 – August 21, 2016

On loan from the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas, are nine paintings by Rockwell (1894-1978), famed for his nostalgic and patriotic depictions of 20th-century American life. The National Scouting Museum contains the largest collection of Rockwell’s Scout paintings anywhere in the world.

The exhibition is dedicated to William & Mary Chancellor and former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates ’65, who became president of the Boy Scouts of America in May 2014. It also commemorates important anniversaries for both organizations: on February 8, William & Mary was chartered in 1693 and the Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910. The National Scouting Museum and the Muscarelle Museum of Art celebrate their partnership on the university’s Charter Day weekend in association with this shared anniversary.

Press Release Available Here

Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty

October 28, 2014
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Organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art, this unprecedented selection of more than twenty-five masterpiece drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo from Italian museums is the first exhibition to explore Leonardo’s philosophy of beauty as contrasted with his rival Michelangelo.  Also featured will be Leonardo’s renowned Codex on the Flight of Birds, containing a hidden self-portrait at age fifty-three, which has never previously been exhibited.

February 21 – April 5, 2015 at the Muscarelle Museum of Art
and April 15 – June 14, 2015 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Press Releases:

January 20, 2015 Press Release

December 1, 2014 Press Release

Tree to Mountain: The Woodblock Prints of Toshi Yoshida

October 16, 2014
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October 17, 2014 — February 8, 2015

This exhibition celebrates the work of renowned Japanese printmaker Toshi Yoshida exploring the artist’s process, as well as his international travels. Yoshida’s woodblock prints are associated with the sosaku-hanga movement in Japanese art, which re-imagined the collaborative enterprise of printmaking by focusing on the artist as the sole creator versus traditional methods which compartmentalized skills into different rolls such as draftsman, carver, printer and publisher.

Tree to Mountain was guest curated by professors Hiroshi Kitamura and Xin Wu in conjunction with the seminar course Woodblock Exhibition Curation (ARTH 330) and installed as part of the Visual Cultures of East Asia program presented by the Muscarelle Museum of Art, the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program, and the Reves Center for International Studies.

Celebrating the American Scene: Painters of the Federal Art Program

October 16, 2014
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February 8, 2014 — January 11, 2015

The paintings and watercolors in this exhibition were commissioned by the Federal Arts Project (1935—1943), a sector of the Works Progress Administration that promoted the creation of hundreds of thousands of works of art around the country for display in schools, libraries, and other public buildings.  This collection of works, on loan from U.S. General Services Administration, portrays the growing urbanization of American rural landscape and its people from the beginnings of the Depression into World War II.

European Paintings from the Permanent Collection and Important Loans

October 16, 2014
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February 8, 2014 — February 8, 2015

This exhibition is comprised of a selection of European landscapes, portraits and religious images, from the Baroque and Renaissance periods. The paintings come from the permanent collection and loans from Thomas D. Dossett and Associates and The Lauro Collection.  Works by Titian, Diego Velázquez, and Luca Giordano are among the important artists on view.

 

Kabuki Theater Woodcuts

October 14, 2014
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April 29, 2014 — February 8, 2015

Kabuki (its name comprised of the Kanji characters for “sing”, “dance”, and “skill”) is a form of Japanese theatre known for its elaborate costumes, striking makeup, and intricate choreography. The ancient celebration of the beautiful and the bizarre is immortalized in this exhibition of Kabuki theatre woodcuts from the permanent collection.

Jacques Callot Studies from the Permanent Collection

October 14, 2014
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April 29, 2014 — February 8, 2015

This collection of etchings, by the 17th-century French printmaker Jacques Callot, represents a significant acquisition for the Museum.  A variety of series that Callot completed over his career are on view, including a pristine impression of one of his best-known works, the etching of Saint Amond. Shown in the Herman Print Study Room, the viewer will have a chance to explore the provenance, or history of ownership, of the works on view.