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May 3, 2015

Curators at Work V

May 2 – August 30, 2015 This exhibition is the culmination of the Curating, Collecting and Connoisseurship seminar taught under the tutelage of Dr. John T. Spike.  Fifth in the series, students have the opportunity to step into the role of exhibition curators as they select prints and drawings from the permanent collection.  The Museum serves as a laboratory for experiential undergraduate learning and, for this exhibition, students research and write the text that document the social and political context of individual works.  The exhibition primarily focuses on new acquisitions and covers a broad spectrum of time periods, styles and […]
April 25, 2015

Matilda of Canossa and the Origins of the Renaissance

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
February 24, 2015

Twilight of a Golden Age: Florentine Painting After the Renaissance

The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to host the Haukohl Family Collection, the largest and most important private collection of Florentine Baroque paintings in the United States.
February 4, 2015

Hiroshige’s 53 Stations of the Tokaido

February 6, 2016 — August 21, 2016 Hiroshige’s 53 Stations of the Tokaido  explores the most traveled road in old Japan with fresh eyes. This exhibition presents five distinct complete sets of Hiroshige’s The 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road never before displayed together. Centering on the fifty-five woodblock prints of Hiroshige’s famed first set, the Hoeido Tokaido (1832-1833, oban), the four additional series reveal the spectrum of Hiroshige’s visual poetry: Sanoki Tokaido (late 1830s, bound, chuban); Gyosho Tokaido (c. 1841-1842, aiban); Tsutaya Tokaido (c. 1850, bound, chuban); Upright Tokaido (1855, oban).  Hiroshige’s Tokaido  immerses the viewer in a panoramic […]
January 8, 2015

Norman Rockwell and the Boy Scouts

On loan from the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas, are nine paintings by Rockwell (1894-1978), famed for his nostalgic and patriotic depictions of 20th-century American life. The National Scouting Museum contains the largest collection of Rockwell’s Scout paintings anywhere in the world. The exhibition is dedicated to William & Mary Chancellor and former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates ’65, who became president of the Boy Scouts of America in May 2014. It also commemorates important anniversaries for both organizations: on February 8, William & Mary was chartered in 1693 and the Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910. […]
October 28, 2014

Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty

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 […]
October 16, 2014

Tree to Mountain: The Woodblock Prints of Toshi Yoshida

Running October 17, 2014 — February 08, 2015 This exhibition celebrates the work of renowned Japanese printmaker Toshi Yoshida exploring the artist’s process, as well as his international travels.
October 16, 2014

American Naturalism: Selections from the Owens Foundation

February 8, 2014 — January 11, 2015 This exhibition highlights the idea of the beauty of nature in art, a key theme of 19th-century American landscape painters. Generously lent from the Owens Foundation, works by Thomas Cole, Robert Henri and Edward Potthast are among the artists represented.
October 16, 2014

Celebrating the American Scene: Painters of the Federal Art Program

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.