|View from above of the main floor of the exhibition|
The show is organized thematically and focuses on the years c. 1600-1800, a time when the number of artists and the number of art collectors grew at a rapid pace and in vast numbers during this period. As a result, wider accessibility brought broader audiences for painting.
|Jesse taking in Panini's The Sermon of an Apostle, c. 1758|
|MV closely viewing Jacob van Walscapelle's Floral Still Life, 1681|
|Caity and Kimberly observe Werner Jacobsz. van den Valckert's|
Portrait of a Man with a Lay Figure, 1624
|Rebecca telling us about Adelaide Labille-Guiard's |
Portrait of Madame Adelaide, 1787. She was the daughter of
King Louis XV and the aunt of King Louis XVI.
|Close examination of Rembrandt's Portrait of a 40-year old woman|
oil on panel, 1634
The work of such Old Masters, their descendants, and other academic artists stands in sharp contrast to the avant-garde artists with whom we tend to associate modernism. Looking at these works first hand gave us great appreciation for the art that followed, and, too, the notion of breaking the rules.
Following UK's installation, which comes down later this week, the show travels to the Orlando Museum of Art (January—June 2014) and then to the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute for the summer 2014.