The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College is pleased to announce that it will show the first-ever public display of the work of the greatest painter of the Golden Age of Naples, Francesco de Mura. In the Light of Naples: The Art of Francesco de Mura will be on view at the Art Center April 21-July 2, 2017.
De Mura (1696-1782) is considered to be the last great painter of the Baroque and Rococo periods. Active in Naples, his work included elaborate illusionistic palace and church decorations depicted in bursts of confectionary colors as well as smaller portraits, biblical, and historical paintings. De Mura was the court painter of the Bourbon King Charles VII of Naples, who presided over the Kingdom’s Golden Age.
The exhibition was curated by Arthur R. Blumenthal, director emeritus of the George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Florida, where it was on view from September – December 2016. This exhibition is the first monographic presentation of de Mura’s art and includes over forty loans from Italian collections as well as those from the United States including the Metropolitan Museum, Art Institute of Chicago and the National Gallery of Art. A completely illustrated scholarly catalogue accompanies the exhibition, which is underwritten by Christie’s.
The showing at the Lehman Loeb Art Center will mark the only available viewing of these works in the Northeast.
“It is thrilling to be able to bring this historic exhibition to New York,” says James Mundy, the Anne Hendricks Bass Director of the Art Center. “De Mura was a Baroque master and this show will undoubtedly be of great interest both to art scholars and art lovers in the region.”
About the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. The current 36,400-square-foot facility, designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building's primary donor, opened in 1993. Vassar was the first U.S. college founded with a permanent art collection and gallery, and at any given time, the Permanent Collection Galleries of the Art Center feature approximately 350 works from Vassar's extensive collections. The Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 20,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares. Notable holdings include the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints, an important group of Hudson River School paintings given by Matthew Vassar at the college's inception, and a wide range of works by major European and American 20th-century painters.
Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free and all galleries are wheelchair accessible. The Art Center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am–9:00pm; and Sunday, 1:00–5:00pm. Located at the entrance to the historic Vassar College campus, the Art Center can be reached within minutes from other Mid-Hudson cultural attractions, such as Dia:Beacon, the Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt national historic sites and homes, and the Vanderbilt mansion. For additional information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit fllac.vassar.edu.
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