European Masterworks from the Permanent Collection
March 29, 2014 – October 5, 2014
While many of the Wadsworth Atheneum’s galleries are undergoing renovations, a choice selection of European works from the permanent collection is displayed in Huntington Gallery. Oliver Tostmann, the Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Paintings, Sculptures and Drawings, selected works spanning from the 15th to the 20th century that are popular with visitors and/or have not been on view at the museum for some time, including several pieces that recently returned from the acclaimed exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum.
This survey—showcasing the work of 27 artists—begins with Renaissance masters such as Sebastiano del Piombo and Lucas Cranach, and continues to such virtuosos of the Baroque school as Caravaggio and Claude Lorrain. The installation concludes with major exponents of the nineteenth century, including Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, and Edouard Manet. Through these galleries the visitor can experience the course of Western art from the Middle Ages to the Late Nineteenth Century, from Fra Angelico to Auguste Renoir.
April 11, 2014 | noon | Gallery Talk, Ulrich Birkmaier, Chief Conservator
June 20, 2014 | noon | Gallery Talk, Oliver Tostmann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture
IMAGES: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil, 1873; Guido di Pietro, called Fra Angelico, Head of an Angel, c. 1445–50; Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy, c. 1595–96
Support for the Wadsworth Atheneum is provided in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.