Home Contact | Advertising Subscribe
Search Listings
Alberta British Columbia Oregon Washington
Exhibition Previews
Gallery Websites
Conservation Corner

SEARCH EDITORIAL
To find gallery listings use search at page top right.

  Back

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Three Crosses (4th State)

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Three Crosses (4th State) (1653), frypoint and burin, reworked, on Japanese paper [Portland Art Museum, Portland OR, Jun 13-Sep 13] Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from
l’École des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Portland Art Museum
Portland OR – Jun 13-Sep 13, 2015

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Torso (Painted Half-Figure)

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Torso (Painted Half-Figure) (1800), oil on canvas [Portland Art Museum, Portland OR, Jun 13-Sep 13] Courtesy American Federation of Arts

François Rude, Attention Mingled with Fear

François Rude, Attention Mingled with Fear (1812), plaster [Portland Art Museum, Portland OR, Jun 13-Sep 13] Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Pierre-Charles Jombert, Apollo and Diana Killing the Children of Niobe

Pierre-Charles Jombert, Apollo and Diana Killing the Children of Niobe (1772), oil on canvas [Portland Art Museum, Portland OR, Jun 13-Sep 13] Courtesy American

L’École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, originally founded in 1648, is the distinguished National School of Fine Arts that has trained many great European artists, such as Renoir, Degas, Sisley and Seurat.

Drawing from the school's extensive classic art collections, this travelling exhibit focuses on epic themes of death, courage and sacrifice among the varied political and historical backdrops. Close to 140 pieces dating from the 17th to 19th centuries are part of this exhibit. They include paintings, sculptures and works on paper by such significant artists as Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Leonardo da Vinci, Nicolas Poussin, Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn.

With an ideology rooted in the study of the idealized human form, l’École des Beaux-Arts set the highest standards and fostered the development of magnificent achievements in western art. Biblical themes, as well as the deeds of gods and heroes as told by Homer, served as primary narratives in constructing powerful paintings that carefully delineated anatomy, facial expression, landscape and architectural setting.

Among the masterworks on exhibit are Fragonard’s Jeroboam Offering Sacrifice for the Idol (1752), Jacques-Louis David’s Erasistratus Discovers the Cause of Antiochus’ Disease (1774); and Ingres’s Achilles Receiving the Ambassadors of Agamemnon (1801).

Allyn Cantor


 Fri, Jun 12, 2015