New Acquisitions: The Art and Science of Connoisseurship explores the creative narrative behind five paintings attributed to Agnolo Bronzino, Annibale Carracci, Guido Reni, Peter Lely, and Paul Cézanne. This exhibition presents a series of visual examinations and scientific analyses that address the questions of who, what, where, when, and why surrounding these recently-acquired paintings. From observations of stylistic progression and considerations of an artist’s chronology, to the identification of retouched surfaces and studies of paint samples, each of the Muscarelle’s new works presents distinctive issues in connoisseurship. New Acquisitions: The Art and Science of Connoisseurship not only enables viewers to learn about the connoisseurial process through an examination of these issues, but also encourages them to join into the scholarly debates themselves.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.