Friday, February 27, 2009

Kimbell: Art & Love, Renaissance, Italy

Ercole de' Roberti, Portia and Brutus, c. 1486–90, Kimbell Art Museum

Upcoming Kimbell Exhibition
Art and Love in Renaissance Italy
March 15–June 14, 2009

Renaissance art and architecture is my favorite. There is no city quite like Florence. So, I hope this is as good of an exhibition as it appears to be in the website. For students of the period, the Kimbell is also offering a symposium on Saturday March 14. It is free. Seating may be limited.

From their website:
Key moments in the lives of Italian men and women in the Renaissance were marked by celebrations of the highest possible degree of magnificence, and none more lavishly than betrothal, marriage, or the birth of a child. Art and Love in Renaissance Italy, on view next spring at the Kimbell, will offer a unique look at approximately 150 paintings and art objects, dating from 1400 to 1600, that were created to celebrate love and marriage. It will include marriage portraits and paintings that extol sensual love and fertility, exquisite examples of jewelry and maiolica (tin-glazed ceramic) given as gifts to couples, and some of the rarest and most significant pieces of Renaissance glassware, cassone panels, birth trays, and drawings and prints of amorous subjects.


rambler said...

If you like Florence, have you read Brunelleschi's Dome by Ross King? It's about the building of the dome on the cathedral there, and a fun romp.

Francis Shivone said...

I walked into the Duomo and went breathless, seriously. It's that impressive.

I have never read the book but will pick it up. Thanks.

I preferred the cleaner lines of Florence to Rome's baroque. But that's me.