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Early Modern Faces: European Portraits 1480-1780

Mar 27, 2014 – Jun 29, 2014
The rise of the portrait was one of the fundamental artistic developments of early-modern art. But portraits are strange and theatrical things: there is always a fundamental tension between the drive to record the actual person’s appearance and the desire to document a social, historical, or ideal persona. Artists also have a stake, shaping portraits in ways that would highlight their knowledge and skill.

To explore the early development of portraiture, this exhibition brings together nearly ninety Old Master paintings and prints by some of the most famous artists of Renaissance and Baroque Europe, including Van Dyck, Veronese, Zurbaran, Rembrandt, and Goya.

This is the largest exhibition of Old Master art ever held at the Newcomb Art Gallery; it is also one of the most important shows of European art in the history of New Orleans. Most of the loans are drawn from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Collection of Houston, with other loans from the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Featuring: Sir Anthony van Dyck, Veronese, Francisco de Zurbaran, Rembrandt, Goya, Pieter Claeissins the Elder, Master of the Sforza Altarpiece, Circle of Giovanni Lanfranco, Valentin de Boulogne, Simon Vouet, English School, Charles Lefebvre, Ferdinand Bol, Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, Paul van Somer, Cornelius Johnson, Herman Mijnerts Doncker, Dirck Hals, Barthel Bruyan the Elder, Corneille de Lyon, Bartolomeo Veneto, Parrasio Micheli, workshop of Hendrick ter Brugghen, French or Flemish school, Nicolas de Largilliere, Paolo de Matteis, Jacopo Tintoretto

CURATED BY Anne Dunlop, PhD

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