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Antonio Balestra, Justice and Peace Embracing

Antonio Balestra, Justice and Peace Embracing (ca. 1700), oil on canvas [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Dec 14-Mar 9] © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Photo courtesy American Federation of Arts

Of Heaven and Earth:
500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums

Art Gallery of Alberta
Edmonton AB – Dec 14, 2013-Mar 9, 2014

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), Christ and the Adultress

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), Christ and the Adultress (ca. 1508-10), oil on canvas [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Dec 14-Mar 9] © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Photo courtesy American Federation of Arts

Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums examines thematic and stylistic development in Italian art from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the 19th century. It includes paintings originating from the principal artistic centres of Italy, and presents work by such famous artists as Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi, Salvator Rosa and Titian alongside work of lesser-known masters.

Of Heaven and Earth is organized in chronological sections. “Tradition & Innovation in the Sacred Art” showcases religious paintings from the 1300s to 1400s that conveyed Biblical narratives to a largely illiterate public, inspired prayer and demonstrated the devotion of their patrons. “The Splendor of the Renaissance” moves from the luminous, masterful perspective paintings of the 1500s to the more highly stylized and mannered work of the 1600s. “The Rise of Idealism” illustrates the emergence of landscape in the 1700s as a subject in itself. “Romanticism, Revival, and Modernity” presents both secular neoclassical and genre paintings from the 1800s, an era of national unification and modernization.

This travelling exhibition on loan, from Glasgow Museums, highlights significant new research and discoveries relating to attribution, dates, provenance, infrared analysis and the reconstruction of fragmented altarpieces. It opened in Oklahoma in August 2013, and from Alberta it will tour to Syracuse, Milwaukee and Santa Barbara.

Mia Johnson


Sandro Boticelli (and possibly assistant), The Annunciation

Sandro Boticelli (and possibly assistant), The Annunciation (ca. 1490–95), oil, tempera, and gold leaf on walnut panel [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Dec 14-Mar 9] © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Photo courtesy American Federation of Arts


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