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Bluegrass, Beer, and Barbecue in the ‘Burg

May 7, 2017
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Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 1 PM – 5 PM
Join the Muscarelle Museum of Art for a fun filled afternoon of great music, fine cuisine, and even better company at our third annual Bluegrass, Beer, and Barbecue festival!

For more information and tickets, click HERE

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The Domestic Influence of Frank Lloyd Wright – Taliesin and the Evolution of the Work of E. Fay Jones | Selected Topics in Architecture

April 11, 2017
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Tuesday, April 11 | 6 PM

Ed Pease, Professor of Architecture, The College of William and Mary

Architect E. Fay Jones, FAIA (1921- 2004) was the rare apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright who went on to have a distinguished practice of his own, winning the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1990, and his Thorncrown Chapel was named 4th on the AIA’s list of most influential buildings of the 20th century. This lecture will examine the influence of Wright on Jones’ work, the evolution of his own architectural vocabulary that eventually took him beyond the strictures of Wright’s influence, and how the success and acclaim of Thorncrown Chapel presented him with unexpected challenges in the final years of his career.

Presented by MCV Foundation and VCU Health.

The International Influence of Frank Lloyd Wright – Residential Architecture in Sydney in the 1950s and 1960s | Selected Topics in Architecture

March 14, 2017
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Tuesday, March 14 | 6 PM

David Brashear, Architectural Historian

Following World War II, architects in Australia redoubled their efforts to find an architecture that was expressive of what it meant to be Australian. Many architectural students traveled abroad to study and to see important modern architecture in person. Some architects looked to the International Style, but others embraced an aesthetic that was more regional and organic in its roots, and clearly derivative of Frank Lloyd Wright. This lecture will trace the work of several architects operating in the suburbs of Sydney and the impact of Wright on their residential work.

Presented by MCV Foundation and VCU Health.

Opening Night Reception for the W&M Global Film Festival

February 23, 2017
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Join the Muscarelle on February 23 at 5 PM as we celebrate the opening of the 2017 W&M Global Film Festival! The reception will be held in the gallery and guests are encouraged to explore our exhibit, Botticelli and the Search for the Divine while enjoying hors d’oeurvres and an open bar. After the reception there will be a shuttle service to the Kimball Theatre for those who are attending the opening night film. Tickets are $75-$125.
 

Classical Precedents and Creative Invenzione in Italian Renaissance Architecture | Selected Topics in Architecture

February 13, 2017
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Monday, February 13 | 6 PM

David Brashear, Architectural Historian

Classical Precedents and Creative Invenzione in Italian Renaissance Architecture

The concept of rustication was formally introduced into the palette of Renaissance architecture by Sebastiano Serlio in 1537 through the publication of the first book of his architectural treatise. Serlio’s inclusion of rustication was a reflection of both antique precedent and the work of a range of important Renaissance architects. This lecture will explore the interrelated efforts of Serlio and the architectural production of Giulio Romano in Mantua and Jacopo Sansovino in Venice that collectively marked an inflection point in the use of rustication in architecture and served as guideposts to a broadened architectural framework that would be used by others as the Italian Renaissance continued to press ahead.

Presented by MCV Foundation and VCU Health.

Botticelli’s Venus to Go on View in the United States for the First Time

January 24, 2017
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Read the full article on artnet here.

“A Venus painting by Italian master Sandro Botticelli will go on view in the United States for the first time as part of a touring exhibition featuring sixteen paintings from throughout his oeuvre.”

“Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities” will go on view at Muscarelle Museum of Art in Virginia before traveling to Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. As one of the highlights, the exhibition will feature one of only two isolated depictions of Venus ever painted by the much-loved artist.”

Hark Upon a History

November 10, 2016
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Hark Upon a History: The 1929 Journey to England, curated by Sydney Stewart, ’16 and Michaela Wright, ’16, is a companion exhibition to Building the Brafferton: The Founding, Funding and Legacy of America’s Indian School.  The exhibition tells the story of William & Mary President Julian Alvin Carroll Chandler and his journey to explore and shed light on the English heritage of the College. In the spring of 1929, President Chandler and school architect, Charles Morrison Robinson, set sail for England to investigate the history of the College and the origins of the Brafferton.

For an in-depth look at the materials and research used to curate the exhibition, please click here.

Matilda of Canossa and the Origins of the Renaissance

April 25, 2015
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The Muscarelle Museum of Art, in its first collaboration with the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary is pleased to present Matilda of Canossa and the Origins of the Renaissance.  This is the first monographic exhibition in the United States ever dedicated to Matilda, one of the great leaders and women of the Middle Ages.  Curated by Michèle K. Spike, noted biographer of Matilda of Canossa and adjunct professor of law at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, this exhibition will be on view from February 7 to April 24, 2015.

Matilda of Canossa Press Release

Staggering Artwork at the Muscarelle Museum of Art: Article in The Washington Post

February 25, 2015
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The drawings were shipped with armed guards, the travel schedule kept secret, in frames equipped with their own precise micro-climates and sensors linked to computers in Italy. Once at their destination – a small museum on a Virginia college campus – more than a thousand students lined up on a cold night for their chance to spend time, up close, with Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings.

“It’s incomparable, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Aaron de Groft, director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary. “They’re 500 years old and produced by one of the greatest artists in history.” He remembered his own experience, as a student, watching a curator take out a Michelangelo drawing and marveling. “How did I get here?” he remembers thinking. “Someone of great genius touched this. … It’s a very humbling experience.”

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November 13, 2014
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William & Mary News: Fine Art and Hard Science Converge in New Course

This fall, the Muscarelle Museum of Art will serve as both an exhibit space and laboratory for a new interdisciplinary course that blends art and science.

The Flat Hat: Adjacent Possible, Muscarelle’s newest exhibit creates meeting place for science and art

Finding a common thread between two topics that have seemingly no involvement with one another may seem difficult to accomplish, but at the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s newest exhibit, “The Adjacent Possible,” art and neuroscience meet in order to create an art collection that stimulates the mind and piques interest in the meaning of the artwork.

Virginia Living:  The Adjacent Possible

A new exhibition about the experience of creating or viewing works of art.

William & Mary News VIDEO:  The Adjacent Possible, Abstract Relationships

W&M professor of art Elizabeth Mead says observers should build relationships with art over time as she discusses the Muscarelle Museum of Art exhibition “The Adjacent Possible.”

William & Mary News: A bountiful harvest

The Muscarelle Museum of Art will host the exhibition “The Adjacent Possible” from Aug. 27 through Sept. 27.

Virginia Gazette (and Daily Press):  Art meets psychology at the Muscarelle’s latest exhibition

Art is known for touching people’s hearts, but what about their brains? This is the question posed in the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s latest exhibition The Adjacent Possible.

Daily Press:  Painting became impetus for building Muscarelle Museum

“White Flower,” the Georgia O’Keeffe painting given to the Department of Fine Arts at the College of William and Mary in 1938, became the impetus, 40 years later, for the creation of the Joseph and Margaret Muscarelle Museum of Art.

Daily Press:  Georgia O’Keeffe lived in Williamsburg for a time, received first W&M honorary doctorate

One of America’s most heralded and significant 20th century artists spent parts of 1903-09 in Williamsburg after her family moved here from Wisconsin.  She returned in 1938 to be ceremoniously acclaimed by the College of William and Mary with an honorary degree and an exhibit of her work, the first outside of New York.  The artist was Georgia O’Keeffe.

William & Mary News VIDEO:  Hanging the exhibition “Objects of Ceremony”

W&M students involved in the Curatorial Project under the direction of Alan Braddock, professor of art history and American studies, curate the exhibition Objects of Ceremony: Effervescence, Decay, and the Everyday at the Muscarelle Museum of Art.

WYDaily: Muscarelle Museum reopens as staff prepares for a new facility

In 2002, David Brashear sent his first memo about the future of the Muscarelle Museum facility. After 17 years, Brashear, now the museum’s interim director, is leading the next step in that direction.

Virginia Gazette:  Muscarelle to reopen April 5; interim director to oversee change

One of David Brashear’s first jobs as interim director of the College of William and Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art will be to reopen it.

Virginia Gazette:  The Muscarelle Explores Legacy of Nazi Germany’s Art Theft

During the party’s reign, Nazi Germany committed massive art theft across Europe. While more than 70 years ago, the effects of those crimes are still felt today.  “Muscarelle Explorations: Art Repatriation” will address the cultural impact art theft by the Nazi’s has had through a series of lectures and movie screenings that will take place at the Muscarelle Museum of Art and other locations on the College of William and Mary campus.

William & Mary News:  William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum will Feature a Full Slate this Spring

New exhibitions, events and programming are planned at William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art this spring.

William & Mary News: New Director of Engagement Joins Muscarelle

Steve Prince’s past projects already have left an imprint on William & Mary. But the artist and teacher will be making an even more indelible mark after joining the Muscarelle Museum of Art in the fall as its first director of engagement and distinguished artist in residence.

Virginia Gazette:  Muscarelle Director to Step Down at End of Calendar Year

Aaron De Groft will step down as the Muscarelle’s director at the end of the calendar year.

Virginia Gazette:  Steve Prince Bringing the Muscarelle to the People

“I believe this job allows me to be more my fullest self,” Prince said. “What I mean by that is I am an educator, I’ve done that the bulk of my career, but I’m also an artist — but I don’t just make things for my own gratification. The things I make speak about the human condition, those things that are going on societally.”

The Virginian-Pilot:  Muscarelle Museum of Art at William and Mary and PBK performing arts complex to close for renovations

The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary and Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, the college’s main performing arts complex, will soon close in preparation for renovation.

William & Mary News:  PBK Memorial Hall, Muscarelle Museum to close as Arts Quarter construction begins

Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall and the Muscarelle Museum of Art at William & Mary will close in May in preparation for renovation work.

Virginia Gazette:  Muscarelle readies final exhibition before renovation

The Muscarelle Museum of Art opens two new exhibitions spanning centuries and styles Saturday. “In the Light of Caravaggio” and “Women with Vision” mark the institution’s final offerings before it closes in May for two years of renovations alongside the adjacent Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall.

The Flat Hat:  Muscarelle Celebrates Female Artists to Commemorate Women’s Centennial at William and Mary

As students gathered in the Muscarelle Museum of Art Saturday, Feb. 10 there were two exhibits opening. One, “Women with Vision: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection,” kicks off the College of William and Mary’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of women in residence.

The Flat Hat:  Muscarelle Displays Caravaggio-Style Paintings as a Last Exhibition Before Renovations

Saturday evening, the Muscarelle Museum of Art was abuzz with over 600 students attending “A Divine Evening with Rembrandt.” This event marked the opening of two exhibitions, “Women With Vision: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection” and “In the Light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums.”  The latter displays 16 paintings by Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, including Rembrandt, who were greatly influenced by the rugged realist art of Caravaggio’s Rome.

WYDaily:  Muscarelle to show two new exhibits on ‘Women with Vision,’ and Dutch, Flemish ‘masters’

Attention art lovers, the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary is opening two new exhibitions in February.

William & Mary News: Architect Announced for Muscarelle Expansion

Pelli Clarke Pelli of New Haven, Connecticut, has been selected as the architectural firm that will design a planned state-of-the-art facility called The Martha Wren Briggs Center for the Visual Arts, which will include an expanded Muscarelle Museum of Art.

WCVE Public Radio: Botticelli Feature with Audio

In this segment, Peter Solomon speaks with the museum’s chief curator and assistant director, John Spike.

Richmond Times Dispatch:  Art Exhibit Transforms Williamsburg into Florence

The show may be the most excellent art exhibit ever staged in the commonwealth.

Wall Street Journal: Botticelli and the Search for the Divine Review, Beauty on Earth as It Is in Heaven

…only a small number of museums own a few works by him…That is why “Botticelli and the Search for the Divine…” at the Muscarelle Museum of Art here is so special.

Christian Science Monitor:  Botticelli Work Comes to the US for the First Time

For the first time, one of only two life-size nude paintings of a solitary Venus will be on display in the United States as the centerpiece of a new exhibition on Sandro Botticelli, which will be mounted by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary from Feb. 11 to April 5.

Artsy: How This Tiny Museum in Virginia Lands Major Shows of Botticelli and Michelangelo

When news broke that an unprecedented show of work by Botticelli in the U.S. was slated for 2017, it came as a surprise to learn that it would take place at the little-known Muscarelle Museum of Art, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Tourists typically visit the historic town for its colonial re-enactments and ghost tours, not its art. If you’ve followed the Muscarelle in recent years, however, you’ll know that Botticelli fits right in.

Richmond Times Dispatch:  A spiritual excursion into Botticelli’s genius

Much of Sandro Botticelli’s life is clouded in mystery.  A new exhibit at the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg attempts to shed light into some of the darkest corners of the far-flung legacy left behind by this exceptional Italian Renaissance artist.

Artnet:  At the Muscarelle, “The Botticelli show continues a tradition of internationally important exhibitions…”

…following Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Leonardo da Vinci in recent years, in which exhibitions of great original works of art provide the lens for us to explore the themes and ideas that inspired their genius”.

Virginia Gazette:  Behind the Scenes of Botticelli at the Muscarelle

In a matter of weeks, the elevator doors will start to empty thousands of people into galleries containing 26 works by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli and his colleagues.

Business Wire:  Botticelli Painting on View for First Time in United States

One of only two of Botticelli’s paintings of an isolated Venus will be on view for the first time in the United States, together with other Botticelli mythologies and portraits in Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting Between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities, a major international loan exhibition organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Va., in partnership with Italy’s Associazione Culturale Metamorfosi.

The Washington Post:  There’s some staggering artwork on college campuses that people can see without museum crowds

The drawings were shipped with armed guards, the travel schedule kept secret, in frames equipped with their own precise micro-climates and sensors linked to computers in Italy. Once at their destination – a small museum on a Virginia college campus – more than a thousand students lined up on a cold night for their chance to spend time, up close, with Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings.

“It’s incomparable, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Aaron de Groft, director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary. “They’re 500 years old and produced by one of the greatest artists in history.” He remembered his own experience, as a student, watching a curator take out a Michelangelo drawing and marveling. “How did I get here?” he remembers thinking. “Someone of great genius touched this. … It’s a very humbling experience.”

Daily Press:  Leonardo da Vinci exhibit prepares to open at the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg

The exhibit “Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty” opens Saturday at the Muscarelle and runs through April 5. It’s the second huge exhibit at the Muscarelle in three years, following 2013’s “Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane.” Like the Michelangelo exhibit, the da Vinci art will only have one other U.S. venue, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

ALT Daily.com: Legs, Ladies, and the Law: Da Vinci Exhibit at W&M

Feast your eyes on pre-modern visualizations of long limbs, delicate visages, and female empowerment at William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art, where joint exhibitions showcase the accomplishments of two Italian luminaries – Leonardo da Vinci, who needs no introduction, and Matilda of Canossa, a progressive 11th-century Tuscan countess who, among other things, revived ancient Roman law in medieval Europe and laid the groundwork for later women’s rights. If history lessons lull you to sleep, the pictures themselves will do all the talking…

Virginia Gazette: Leonardo da Vinci drawings at the Muscarelle Museum of Art

With more than 20 images by Leonardo and 8 by his chief rival, Michelangelo, this exploration of Leonardo’s focus on the beautiful and the ugly is the largest da Vinci exhibit in the U.S. since 2003. It also features a new-found self portrait.

CNBC: Muscarelle Museum of Art Announces Leonardo da Vinci Exhibit

The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary announced that the first exhibition devoted to Leonardo da Vinci’s fascination with the beautiful and the ugly …

The Flat Hat: A Touch of the East at the Muscarelle

“Tree to Mountain,” an exhibit showcasing over two dozen woodblock prints by Japanese artist Toshi Yoshida opened at the College of William and Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art …

William & Mary News:  Tree to Mountain: Student Curated Muscarelle exhibition

William & Mary students helped curate a new exhibition opening at the Muscarelle Museum of Art Friday, which will showcase more than two dozen works from Japanese printmaking artist Tōshi Yoshida.

The Flat Hat: Beauty and Naturalism at the Muscarelle

As John Spike, Assistant Director for the College of William and Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art, explained, “Naturalism just means, ultimately, …

Ciao America: Caravaggio Exhibition at the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg

This February visitors to the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary will have a rare opportunity to view three famous paintings by, or attributed to, Caravaggio and take sides in an intense debate among the world’s leading authorities on Italian paintings.

Alpha Omega Arts: Caravaggio Exhibition Now at Muscarelle Museum of Art

This winter visitors to the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary have a rare opportunity to view three famous…

Artist Daily.com:  The Dutch Italianates at the Muscarelle Museum of Art

The Muscarelle Museum of Art, in Williamsburg, Virginia, will be the initial site for the national tour of the major exhibition of Old Master paintings.  “The Dutch Italianates: Seventeenth-Century Masterpieces From Dulwich Picture Gallery” presents a variety of views of 17th-century Italian landscapes as seen through the eyes of Dutch artists…

Gold Leaf Studios Blog:  Exhibit, Lecture and Gilding Workshop at The Muscarelle Museum of Art

Bill has culled a selection of frames from his private collection to present at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary. The exhibit…

This Is Italy.com:  US ready to welcome Caravaggio’s masterpieces

US ready to welcome Caravaggio’s masterpieces. Three beautiful paintings are currently hosted by theMuscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg.

The New York Times:  Coming Events in London, Virginia, San Francisco

Michelangelo aficionados can save themselves a flight to Florence.  Works by the artist normally at the Casa Buonarroti are on view in a show at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

An Art-Filled Virginia Weekend

Between now and April 14, Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane is on display at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary in …

The splendor of Imperial Russia in two magnificent exhibitions at the NC Museum of History

To commemorate the event, the N.C. Museum of History is hosting two … The Tsars’ Cabinet is organized by The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the …

The Muscarelle presents Wine & Run for the Roses!

The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary held their first annual Wine and Run for the Roses event Saturday afternoon, May 7, …

Michelangelo’s Drawings On the Way to Muscarelle Museum of Art

“Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti” will be on view at theMuscarelle Museum of Art at the College …

Greek Reporter.com:  Virginia Museum Features Ancient Athenian Artisans

Athenian Potters and Painters: Greek Vases from Virginia Collections is being exhibited at The Muscarelle Museum of Art through Sept. 30, 2012…

Wine Auction and Derby Day Party May 7 at Muscarelle Museum

Now, you have a chance to sample a wide assortment of Virginia wines at the Muscarelle Museum’s Wine & Run for the Roses party and wine auction.

EmptyEasel.com:  Finding Inspiration in Art

Recently I heard there was an Impressionist show at the Muscarelle Museum on the campus of William & Mary here in Williamsburg, and I dropped …

Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane

Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, in the MFA’s Lee Gallery, is organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at The College of William & Mary in …

The Prints of William Walmsley

His works are in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Muscarelle Museum at William and Mary, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Mint Museum, and …

11 Things to Love About Williamsburg

Muscarelle Museum of Art Lecture Series: If you want to go where the locals go, look up the latest slate of lectures at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, …

Visiting Masterpieces: Caravaggio and Connoisseurship

Organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art, the exhibition allows visitors to employ the analytical thinking of experts and decide for themselves: which …

The Tsars’ Cabinet

Organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, The Tsars’ Cabinet at the Museum of Russian …

Developing World Gallery Submissions

The Muscarelle Museum of Art will have the best photos professionally printed and hung in the Sadler Center on exhibition for the month of April.

Jacksonville’s Cummer Museum to Host Two Shows

Upcoming FSU related exhibitions at the Cummer Museum … His works are in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Muscarelle Museum at …

Michelangelo’s Cleopatra

It debuted in February at the College of William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art in honor of the museum’s 30th anniversary and has now moved to …

The Tsars’ Cabinet: The Luxury and Romance of the Romanovs

Starting October 13, visitors to Toronto’s Gardiner Museum will be … and organized by the Muscarelle Museumof Art at the College of William and …

Gene Davis’s Rhythmic Color

(Kreeger Museum) … color patterns of the “Solar Wall,” a set of tubes filled with dyed water and backlit by fluorescent lights, at the Muscarelle Museum …

Care2.com: What Michelangelo Can Teach Us

I recently had the pleasure of attending Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, an exhibit at The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William …

Encyclopedia Virginia: This Day (Off with Her Head Edition)

1735–1743 (Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary); a map of Libby Prison that includes a written account of the February 1864 …

Pulitzer Center: Muscarelle Annex Developing World Gallery

The College of William and Mary’s International Relations Club along with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Muscarelle Museum of Art, and…

NBC News.com: An ugly Michelangelo portrait? It may not be his

Courtesy of the Muscarelle Museum of Art. Michelangelo’s portrait of Cleopatra has been called an ideal Renaissance composition of an idealized …

Huntington Library’s VERSO:  Yours, W Short

Rembrandt Peale (American, 1778–1860), Portrait of William Short (1759–1849), 1806, oil on canvas, Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of…

ThisIsTrue.com:  Two Teen Tales

The judges included the director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary, and a director from the Chrysler Museum of Art.

October Gallery.com:  Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond presents a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by forty-three black artists who explored the African American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era and the decades beyond, which saw tremendous social and political changes.

ClothesOnFilm.com:  Costume Stories

This looks a bit brilliant but we’re afraid it’s more than a short plane hop away. Get yourself to the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Virginia if …

Nashville Scene:  Hirst and Kokoschka and Prada, Oh My (Exhibition Lineup)

Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti offers an intimate view into the hand and mind of Michelangelo Buonarroti, one of the greatest masters of the history of Western art. Twenty-five carefully selected drawings attest to the versatile artist’s activities as a sculptor, painter, poet, architect, and military engineer.

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Michelangelo exhibit at William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art

You could not go to Italy today and find an exhibit encompassing 25 works by Michelangelo, the Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, poet and architect considered among the greatest artists of all time.  But you can now, in Williamsburg, on the campus of the College of William & Mary. And what’s there includes works rarely or never before seen in the United States.

Breuerpress: Michelangelo’s Drawings Head To Muscarelle Museum of Art In Virginia

Twenty-five drawings by Michelangelo begin a two-city U.S. exhibition in Virginia on Saturday, including some works never before seen in the United States and many that offer a glimpse into the mind of the master and the tumultuous times in which he lived.

Business Wire:  Muscarelle Museum of Art Nominates 17th Century Portrait

Voting in Virginia’s Top Ten Endangered Artifacts (www.vatop10artifacts.org) campaign is underway now through August 23, and the Muscarelle…

Wall Street Journal: From the Mind of Michelangelo

The Muscarelle Museum in Williamsburg, Va., is displaying 12 drawings by Michelangelo Buonarroti, as well as several of his poems and other …

Virginia Pilot/HamptonRoads.com: Florentine connection at Muscarelle Museum of Art

Here’s a bold boast that deserves a town crier: The largest and most important exhibition of Michelangelo drawings in the United States since 1988 opens today in Williamsburg.

William & Mary News: Caravaggio Exhibition Coming to the Muscarelle Museum of Art

This February visitors coming to the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary will have a rare opportunity to view three famous paintings by, or attributed to, Caravaggio and take sides in an intense debate among the world’s leading authorities on Italian paintings.

Virginia is for Lovers: Muscarelle Museum of Art

The Muscarelle Museum of Art is located on the campus of The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The origins of the collection can be …

GigaPan: A Brush with Passion: Mattia Preti @ The Muscarelle Museum of Art

This GigaPan contains 13 of the 15 Mattia Preti paintings currently on loan to the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary.

The New York Times: A Portrait’s Long Fingers Suggest El Greco

A scholar at the Muscarelle Museum at the College of William and Mary has identified a canvas as being by El Greco.

AIA Virginia: Test of Time Awarded to the Muscarelle Museum of Art

The College of William and Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art, designed by Carlton Abbott, FAIA, has been selected to receive the Society’s Test of …

Virginia Living Magazine: Wine & Run for the Roses

Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg. Nearly 350 supporters attended “Wine & Run for the Roses” on May 5 at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the …

Daily Press: Caravaggio’s hand explored in Muscarelle Museum show of three Old Master paintings

Now both images are on view at the College of William and Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art, which is inviting viewers to decide for themselves if one …

WY Daily: Sneak Peek

Glenn Close: A Life in Costume, an exhibit of costumes from Tony-winning actress Glenn Close’s career, opens Sunday at the Muscarelle Museum.

Ray Evans Author: Muscarelle Museum, College of William & Mary to benefit The Arc-GW

The Muscarelle Museum at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, provided a wonderful venue for this VIP Reader event. The evening began…

The Flat Hat: Muscarelle tackles three Bs: Bullets, Ballet and Ballots

On the second floor of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary, there is a softly lit, gray gallery. Striking photographs belt the …

The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary is proud to announce the opening of ‘Michelangelo: …

House and Home Magazine

Less than two weeks after their largest blockbuster exhibitions ever, the Muscarelle Museum will welcome patrons from their next exhibition Curators …

National Endowment for the Arts: Meet the Muscarelle

Wander to the College of William & Mary and you will find the Muscarelle Museum of Art. This museum, first opened in 1983, has deep ties to the …

GSA Blog: A Special Exhibition

Celebrating the American Scene: Painters of the Federal Art Projects, the current exhibition at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, features 33 of the GSA’s thousands of lesser known works produced during the New Deal.

Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO): Significant American Paintings Given to the Muscarelle Museum of Art

Gene A. (William and Mary, 1952) and Mary A. Burns, whose generous art acquisitions endowment fund has enabled the Muscarelle Museum of Art at…

First Tuesday Lecture | Toshi Yoshida and William & Mary | Dr. Hiroshi Kitamura

November 4, 2014
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Toshi Yoshida and William & Mary: A Collaboration Across Borders

At 6 PM, Join Professor Kitamura as he discusses the extraordinary life and works of influential Japanese printmaker Toshi Yoshida. Kitamura will discuss the pivotal role that Yoshida played in the history of Japanese woodblock printing.  He will also discuss how Yoshida’s works in this exhibition have helped bring East Asian culture closer to William and Mary through student initiative and collaboration.

Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty

October 28, 2014
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Organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art, this unprecedented selection of more than twenty-five masterpiece drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo from Italian museums is the first exhibition to explore Leonardo’s philosophy of beauty as contrasted with his rival Michelangelo.  Also featured will be Leonardo’s renowned Codex on the Flight of Birds, containing a hidden self-portrait at age fifty-three, which has never previously been exhibited.

February 21 – April 5, 2015 at the Muscarelle Museum of Art
and April 15 – June 14, 2015 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Press Releases:

January 20, 2015 Press Release

December 1, 2014 Press Release

New Website Launched!

October 17, 2014
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We’ve built a new site over the past few months and are excited to share it! Visitors can now access and search selected works from our online Collections database and we’ve reorganized and redesigned our site for ease of use and efficiency.

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Michelangelo, The Frugal Genius: Article in The Wall Street Journal

October 16, 2014
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Michelangelo was a notorious miser. He drew on every scrap he found around his studio, only on rare occasions beginning a drawing on a fresh sheet (typically when the sheet was intended for a patron’s eyes). He drew incessantly, so that while the drawings that are most widely reproduced suggest absolute mastery and polish, they are not representative of the many more that show him in the often awkward or halting process of working out an idea…

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Michelangelo: Article in The Huffington Post

October 16, 2014
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Twenty-five drawings by Michelangelo begin a two-city U.S. exhibition in Virginia on Saturday, including some works never before seen in the United States and many that offer a glimpse into the mind of the master and the tumultuous times in which he lived.

“Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti” will be on view at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg through April 14, then move to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where it will run from April 21 through June 30.

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El Greco: Article in The New York Times

October 16, 2014
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Camilla Blaffer calls it her “best find.” A grimy old-master painting of a saint gazing upward, his hands crossed on his chest and a skull perched on a rock in the foreground. A friend of Ms. Blaffer’s bought the canvas, without realizing who painted it, on her behalf about 20 years ago at a small Paris auction. That canvas, along with hundreds of other artworks and decorative objects, languished in a warehouse outside Paris….

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Tree to Mountain: The Woodblock Prints of Toshi Yoshida

October 16, 2014
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October 17, 2014 — February 8, 2015

This exhibition celebrates the work of renowned Japanese printmaker Toshi Yoshida exploring the artist’s process, as well as his international travels. Yoshida’s woodblock prints are associated with the sosaku-hanga movement in Japanese art, which re-imagined the collaborative enterprise of printmaking by focusing on the artist as the sole creator versus traditional methods which compartmentalized skills into different rolls such as draftsman, carver, printer and publisher.

Tree to Mountain was guest curated by professors Hiroshi Kitamura and Xin Wu in conjunction with the seminar course Woodblock Exhibition Curation (ARTH 330) and installed as part of the Visual Cultures of East Asia program presented by the Muscarelle Museum of Art, the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program, and the Reves Center for International Studies.

Celebrating the American Scene: Painters of the Federal Art Program

October 16, 2014
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February 8, 2014 — January 11, 2015

The paintings and watercolors in this exhibition were commissioned by the Federal Arts Project (1935—1943), a sector of the Works Progress Administration that promoted the creation of hundreds of thousands of works of art around the country for display in schools, libraries, and other public buildings.  This collection of works, on loan from U.S. General Services Administration, portrays the growing urbanization of American rural landscape and its people from the beginnings of the Depression into World War II.

European Paintings from the Permanent Collection and Important Loans

October 16, 2014
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February 8, 2014 — February 8, 2015

This exhibition is comprised of a selection of European landscapes, portraits and religious images, from the Baroque and Renaissance periods. The paintings come from the permanent collection and loans from Thomas D. Dossett and Associates and The Lauro Collection.  Works by Titian, Diego Velázquez, and Luca Giordano are among the important artists on view.

 

Kabuki Theater Woodcuts

October 14, 2014
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April 29, 2014 — February 8, 2015

Kabuki (its name comprised of the Kanji characters for “sing”, “dance”, and “skill”) is a form of Japanese theatre known for its elaborate costumes, striking makeup, and intricate choreography. The ancient celebration of the beautiful and the bizarre is immortalized in this exhibition of Kabuki theatre woodcuts from the permanent collection.

Jacques Callot Studies from the Permanent Collection

October 14, 2014
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April 29, 2014 — February 8, 2015

This collection of etchings, by the 17th-century French printmaker Jacques Callot, represents a significant acquisition for the Museum.  A variety of series that Callot completed over his career are on view, including a pristine impression of one of his best-known works, the etching of Saint Amond. Shown in the Herman Print Study Room, the viewer will have a chance to explore the provenance, or history of ownership, of the works on view.

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October 14, 2014
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21st Century Diplomacy: Ballet, Ballots and Bullets

October 13, 2014
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Guest curated by Kathryn H. Floyd, visiting instructor at the College of William & Mary, 21st Century Diplomacy featured more than four dozen images of culture, politics and war captured by photographers affiliated with the global affairs magazine Diplomatic Courier as well as William & Mary students.  Through this multi-national collaborative effort, photographers shared their experiences in witnessing narratives that help to shape political, financial, and humanitarian decisions worldwide.

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Curators At Work IV

October 13, 2014
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This is the fourth installment of our Curators at Work exhibition series.  The exhibition which runs from April 19, 2014 — May 18, 2014, will focus on new acquisitions to the permanent collection.  As in past years, this show will be curated by the Muscarelle’s own Assistant Director & Chief Curator Dr. John T. Spike and his students of his Curating, Collecting and Connoisseurship course at the College.

Caravaggio Connoisseurship: Saint Francis in Meditation and the Capitoline Fortune Teller

October 13, 2014
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February 8 to April 6, 2014, visitors coming to the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary will have a rare opportunity to view three famous paintings by, or attributed to, Caravaggio and take sides in an intense debate among the world’s leading authorities on Italian paintings. Two nearly identical versions of Caravaggio’s Saint Francis in Meditation have left experts divided. Despite years of debate, experts are in disagreement as to which one of these two beautiful paintings was created first and by whom. Which one is the original? Could they both be by the great Michelangelo Merisi, called Caravaggio? The two paintings on special loan from Rome’s Capuchin church and from the town of Carpineto Romano will be shown side by side, affording a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Williamsburg audience to compare them. The exhibition will be completed by another of Caravaggio’s best-known compositions, the Fortune Teller, on loan from the Pinacoteca Capitoline in Rome. Although disputed by the experts until as recently as 1985, this painting is now recognized as a milestone in Caravaggio’s representation of daily life, not to mention a characteristic example of his style shortly after his arrival in Rome in the early 1590s.

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Glenn Close: A Life In Costume

October 13, 2014
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The Muscarelle Museum of Art will host Glenn Close: A Life in Costume, featuring selections from Close’s personal costume collection.  It consists of ensembles worn by some of the most iconic characters from Close’s career in film, theatre and television, including Norma Desmond (Sunset Boulevard), Albert Nobbs, Alex Forrest (Fatal Attraction), Cruella De Vil (101 and 102 Dalmatians) and Patty Hewes (Damages).  The exhibition will open on September 29, 2013 and run through January 12, 2014.  In conjunction with the exhibition and the 2013 William & Mary Arts & Entertainment Festival, Close and her biotech entrepreneur husband, David Shaw, will receive the William & Mary 2013 Cheek Medal Award for their contributions to the arts.

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