St. Louis, MO
From Rembrandt’s masterful Hundred Guilder print to a colossal marble portrait of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, Learning to See brings together prints, drawings, and sculptures that explore intellectual and spiritual currents of European culture in the 15th-17th centuries.
Subjects included in the exhibition range from mythology and mythical beings to traditional Christian themes. Prints and sculptures are presented together, uniting seemingly dissimilar works across time and techniques while exploring a variety of themes. Devotional works of art demonstrate the vital role that prints and sculpture played in the early modern church. Other sections feature objects representing the body, both nude and clothed, and works that reveal the technical aspects involved in the sculpting of terracotta and bronze.
Among the more than 80 works featured in this exhibition are rare early Italian Renaissance engravings, extraordinary groups of prints by Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn, as well as fine examples of Renaissance terracottas and bronzes.
The exhibition celebrates the promised gift to the Museum of over 150 works of art assembled by Phoebe Dent Weil and Mark S. Weil, an art conservator and a professor of art history respectively. The collection reflects their passion and deep knowledge of European art of the 15th to 18th centuries.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
Whether you go or not, The Hidden Life of Renaissance Art: Secrets and Symbols in Great Masterpieces will enrich your understanding of the themes and the messages that the great Renaissance masters conveyed through symbols and visual codes.
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