Virtual Tour of Symbols and Stories
The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary was only established in 1983, but the university’s art collection housed there has been in existence since its first gift in 1732. This exhibition of 23 paintings includes many of the collections most significant works dating from the 16th through 20th centuries. Highlights include a drawing by the Renaissance master, Raphael, paintings by Italian, Flemish, and Dutch masters of the Baroque period such as Titian, Annibale Carracci, Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt, important 19th century French paintings by Paul Cézanne and Eugène Boudin and a major floral painting by Georgia O’Keeffe. The exhibition will focus on how to cultivate an expert’s eye and learn to identify the characteristics of style, technique and authorship when looking at these exceptional works of art. Along with extensive didactic material in the gallery and a mobile gallery guide, Orlando Museum of Art Director and CEO, Dr. Aaron H. De Groft will lead a 10-part program on the art of connoisseurship.
The European Old Master Painting Collection at the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery is one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the United States. This exhibition of more than 60 works of art from the 14th through the 19th centuries reflects the dramatic course of religious, artistic, and cultural history in Western European during these formative centuries. While the collection’s greatest strength is Italian Baroque painting, major artists working in Holland, Flanders, France, and Germany are represented by large-scale works of exceptional quality. Highlights include masterpieces by Botticelli, Rubens, Tintoretto, Veronese, Cranach, Murillo, Ribera, van Dyck, and Doré. The exhibition will give visitors a deeper understanding of the mainstream developments in European painting over the course of almost five centuries. Additionally, the exhibition will focus on guiding visitors through the fascinating narrative subjects of these works and their rich symbolism, some of which is now obscure and mysterious.