Jacques Bellange; The Martyrdom of Saint Lucy, after 1613; Etching and engraving; Patrons Art Fund in honor of Linda Batis, associate curator of fine arts

This Summer, Meet the (Old) Masters

Carnegie Museum of Art offers a summer-spanning schedule of programming on Old Masters exhibitions.

Small Prints, Big Artists: Masterpieces from the Renaissance to Baroque
Opens May 31, 2014

Faked, Forgotten, Found: Five Renaissance Paintings Investigated
Opens June 28, 2014

Carnegie Museum of Art holds an exceptional collection of Old Masters prints, from the masterful innovations of Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt in 15th- and 16th-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 exceptional 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.

In Faked, Forgotten, Found, discover conservators’ forensic analysis of Renaissance paintings in the museum’s collection that have undergone significant scientific analysis and conservation. The discoveries about each work are presented through extensive multimedia documentation, highlighting a fascinating but little-seen aspect of museum practice

To read more about the exhibitions, and view images, please read the press release.

Programming Schedule

Monday, June 2

Coffee with the Curator: Small Prints, Big Artists: Masterpieces from the Renaissance to Baroque
10:30–11 a.m.: Light breakfast in Carnegie Café
11 a.m.–12 p.m.: Program in the CMA Theater
12-12:45 p.m.: Optional tour of exhibition
$35 ($28 members)

Hear guest curator Linda Batis discuss how developments in process and technique–within one artist’s career and among artists from different eras–result in different expressive effects in this illustrated talk. See how an artist like Dürer honed his skills over time to achieve a late style with a wonderful sense of space and harmony. Compare works across centuries that reveal how artists experimented with new materials and tools, and continuously pushed the boundaries of technical possibilities to achieve prints with action, depth, and vitality. Following the talk, participants are invited to observe and discuss these nuances in the Heinz Galleries with CMOA docents.


Thursday, June 12, 5:30-9 p.m.

Culture Club: Old Masters, New Music
Carnegie Café bar open
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Performance in Heinz Galleries

Knights, saints, death, fantastical landscapes—they’ve inspired quite a few rock songs. They also inspired some of the most notable master prints from the 15th to 17th centuries. Join us in the galleries for an evening of contemporary music inspired by the upcoming exhibition Small Prints, Big Artists: Masterpieces from the Renaissance to Baroque.

Six musicians and composers—Matt Aelmore, Rob Frankenberry, Jonghee Kang, George Sabol, Jeff Weston, and Roger Zahab—will perform a remarkable range of musical styles in front of large projections of the masterworks that have inspired them. The performers will also share their thoughts about these works of art and how they were inspired to create new music.

Friday, June 27

Copying as Research: Uncovering the Secrets of the Master Engravers
6:30–9 p.m.
CMOA Theater, Heinz Galleries

6:30–7:30 p.m.: Lecture in CMOA Theater
7:30–9 p.m.: Exhibition galleries open, cash bar in the Scaife Lounge

Uncover the secrets of the master engravers with Andrew Raftery, professor of printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design.

In this lecture, Raftery will share insights on master artists included in the exhibition Small Prints, Big Artists: Masterpieces from the Renaissance to Baroque and discuss his work with an important Albrecht Durer research project conducted with the Sherman Fairchild Center for Works on Paper and Photographic Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Looking closely at master engravings reveals remarkably complete information about artists’ choices including quality of line, direction of stroke, spacing, structure of hatching, depth of cutting, and the conditions of printing. Andrew Raftery is an engraver who uses copying as a research tool, and by copying these prints onto copper or by tracing onto transparent sheets, he gains a deeper understanding of the linear language of engraving and its relationship to the description of form, light, and space. Raftery collaborates with curators, museum educators, and art historians to reveal how each engraver used the medium to make images. The results of this research profoundly shape his own work and challenges curators and conservators to consider what is believed to be known about master prints.


Saturday, June 28

Language of Line Workshop with Andrew Raftery
1–4 p.m.
Heinz Galleries
$60 non-members / $48 members

Line and mark making are important elements to any artistic medium, especially the medium of printmaking. Lead by engraver and printmaker Andrew Raftery, professor of printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design, participants will view master prints in the exhibition Small Prints, Big Artists: Masterpieces from the Renaissance to Baroque and discuss the artistic choices made by artists from the 15th–17th centuries.

Careful study of engravings reveal complex systems of mark making—contours, linear hatching, dots and dashes combine in carefully determined sequences to make complex images. Raftery will lead students through experiments with systems of linear description by drawing courses of hatching, s-curves, and other marks on transparent sheets. These sheets will be layered and combined to create forms, volumes, images, and spaces in order to better understand the limitations and expressiveness of printmaking. This workshop is open to all artists with an interest in line and how it relates to individual artistic practice. Some drawing experience is required. Printmaking experience is not required.


July 17, 24, 31, August 7

Extraordinary Experiments: The Prints of Bruegel, Dürer, Schongauer and Rembrandt
Two Sessions Offered! 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. or 6–8 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater
$72 non-members / $60 members

This course examines a period of dramatic change in Europe through the work of four of its most significant artists: Martin Schongauer, Albrecht Dürer, Pieter Bruegel, and Rembrandt van Rijn. Together, these artists transformed the printed image from a mode of illustration into a high art form during the dawn of the printing press, spreading knowledge and visual art to a wider audience than ever before.

Highlighting works from the exhibition Small Prints, Big Artists: Masterpieces from the Renaissance to Baroque, instructor Saskia Beranek will situate these artists and images within the broader visual context of German, Flemish, and Dutch art and examine not only the meanings of individual works but also the social roles played by images at the time.

Saskia Beranek holds a PhD in Art and Architectural History from the University of Pittsburgh, and has taught undergraduate courses at Carlow University, St. Vincent College, and the University of Pittsburgh.

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art, founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895, is nationally and internationally recognized for its collection of fine and decorative art from the 19th to 21st centuries. The collection also contains important holdings of Japanese and old master prints. Founded in 1896, the Carnegie International is one of the longest-running surveys of contemporary art worldwide. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understanding of the built environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. The Hillman Photography Initiative serves as a living laboratory for exploring the rapidly changing field of photography. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, call 412.622.3131 or visit our website at www.cmoa.org


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