Renaissance to Rococo: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Artby Eric Zafran, Roman, Ronda Kasl, Hilliard Goldfarb
Pub. Date: 02/20/2004
Publisher: Yale University Press
When the Wadsworth Atheneum opened in 1844 as the first public gallery of fine arts in America, the highlights of the collection were works by contemporary American artists. However, gifts soon brought a number of old master paintings to the museum, and today perhaps the most famous aspect of its fine European painting collection is the concentration of Italian Baroque masterpieces. The museum's distinguished director in the 1930s and 1940s, Chick Austin, acquired notable examples by Strozzi, Luca Giordano, and the first authentic Caravaggio in an American museum. Today the Atheneum can present an exhibition beginning with such Renaissance masters as Piero di Cosimo and Sebastiano del Piombo, continuing with the finest examples of Baroque painting, and culminating in a blaze of rococo splendor with Tiepolo, Canaletto, Guardi, Melendez, Greuze, and Goya. This catalogue includes a history of the collection by Eric Zafran and entries on the individual paintings by distinguished scholars.
Author Biography: Eric Zafran is curator of European art at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
The exhibition opens at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, in January 2004 and travels to Fort Worth, Nashville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Montreal, and New York.
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In these pages you will find the portion of the famous and celebrated Wadsworth Atheneum Museum's collection that has been on tour across the United States. Each art piece is reproduced with outstanding quality and a brief biography of the artist along with a incredible analysis of the piece itself. If ever there was a period in the art world where subliminal items were included on the canvas, this was it. This guide will reveal all those nuances and allow the reader to perceive a new dimension to the artworks presented. These are just not 'pretty' works of art. In many cases there were powerful statements of the current events of the time. Most people could not read, but they could all understand the imagery that was presented.