Early Modern Faces: European Portraits 1480-1780

  • Duration
    March 27-June 29, 2014
  • Works by
    Van Dyck, Veronese, Zurbaran, Rembrandt, Goya, and others
  • Curated By
    Anne Dunlop, PhD

The rise of the portrait was one of the fundamental artistic developments of early-modern art. But portraits are strange and theatrical things: there is always a fundamental tension between the drive to record the actual person’s appearance and the desire to document a social, historical, or ideal persona. Artists also have a stake, shaping portraits in ways that would highlight their knowledge and skill.

To explore the early development of portraiture, this exhibition brings together nearly ninety Old Master paintings and prints by some of the most famous artists of Renaissance and Baroque Europe, including Van Dyck, Veronese, Zurbaran, Rembrandt, and Goya.

This is the largest exhibition of Old Master art ever held at the Newcomb Art Gallery; it is also one of the most important shows of European art in the history of New Orleans. Most of the loans are drawn from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Collection of Houston, with other loans from the New Orleans Museum of Art.


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