Media Archive: Fine Art

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn; Self Portrait with Saskia, 1636; Etching; Bequest of Charles J. Rosenbloom, 74.7.205

Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces, on the walls and under the microscope

Summer exhibitions at CMOA present Old Master prints, and forensic investigations of paintings

Small Prints, Big Artists: Masterpieces from the Renaissance to Baroque
May 31–September 15, 2014
Heinz Galleries A & B

Faked, Forgotten, Found: Five Renaissance Paintings Investigated
June 28–September 15, 2014
Heinz Gallery C

Around the middle of the 15th century, as the development of the printing press in the West led to an unprecedented exchange of ideas, artists began to make prints. By the year 1500, a new art form and a new means of communicating ideas was widespread—one that had as great an impact in its time as the Internet has had in our own.

Carnegie Museum of Art holds an exceptional collection of prints from this period, from the masterful innovations of Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt in 16th- and 17th-century Northern Europe to the fantastical prints of Canaletto, Tiepolo, and Piranesi in 18th-century Italy. Small Prints, Big Artists, opening this summer, presents more than 200 masterworks from the museum’s collection of over 8,000 prints. The intimately scaled woodcuts, engravings, and etchings reveal the development of printmaking as a true art form. Due to their fragility, many of these prints have not been on view in decades.

Small Prints, Big Artists traces the development of prints over the centuries, exploring the evolution of printmaking techniques and unlocking the images’ hidden meanings. It offers a unique opportunity to discover works by some of the best-known artists of the Renaissance and beyond.

Adjacent to Small Prints, Big Artists in the museum’s Heinz Galleries, Faked, Forgotten, Found: Five Renaissance Paintings Investigated showcases forensic analysis of paintings in the museum’s collection that have undergone significant scientific examination and conservation. Learn how curators and conservators discovered a portrait of Isabella de Medici attributed to Alessandro Allori beneath the surface of a fake repainted in the 19th century, or discover how to tell the museum’s genuine painting by Francesco Francia of the Virgin and Child apart from later imitations and copies. The discoveries about each work are presented through extensive multimedia documentation, highlighting a fascinating but little-seen aspect of museum practice. The exhibition offers a behind-the-scenes perspective on the intersection of art and science taking place in the museum every day.

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19th-century sculpture collection gallery; Photo: Tom Little, 2012

Carnegie Museum of Art Reinstallation an Act of Storytelling

Newly-reinstalled 19th-century galleries highlight major works

Pittsburgh, PA…On September 14, 2012, Carnegie Museum of Art will open its newly-reinstalled 19th-century galleries of European and American art. These four galleries have been closed since May 2012. Visitors to the galleries will discover a shift in the way that the museum presents this particularly strong part of its permanent collection.

Bright, skylit spaces will showcase some of the museum’s most significant works, with galleries organizing artworks around the social and historical contexts from which they arose. “Each collection—great and small—gives us a part of the larger history of art, and tells the unique story of its own development,” said Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art. “CMA’s new installations will emphasize our uniqueness, highlight major works, and attempt to make the art as accessible and compelling as possible.” Among the changes, art will hang in a less-dense arrangement than in some of the previous salon-style galleries, and the thematic arrangement of artworks is a departure from the prior chronological approach. Continue reading