The Golden Age of Painting

Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe

October 19, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Bill L. Harbert Gallery
Gallery C
Noel and Kathryn Dickinson Wadsworth Gallery

This fall, JCSM is pleased to present a spectacular exhibition of paintings by European master artists on loan from the renowned collection of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Featuring 69 works of art created during the 17th through early 19th centuries, Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough, and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe illustrates a period of great political, economic, scientific, and religious transformations that profoundly affected a continent. With paintings that range from towering formal portraiture to miniature objects of devotion, and elaborately staged interpretations of antiquity to humble still-life arrangements, the exhibition provides visitors a visual survey of the cultural issues that marked this important era, and offers a close look at the exceptional painterly skills by which artists set those subjects to canvas and wood panel.

In addition to the broadly famous Old Masters who constitute the exhibition’s title, other equally remarkable painters, though less well known, are represented in the collection with outstanding examples of their work. These include French artist Charles-Antoine Coypel’s tender depiction of The Education of the Virgin, Dutch painter Jacob van Ruisdael’s romantic Landscape with a Half-Timbered House and a Blasted Tree, and a dramatic Saint Jerome by Flemish artist Hendrick van Somer. We invite you to take advantage of this special viewing opportunity during its brief, 11-week installation in Auburn before the collection moves on to the Huntsville Museum of Art, which partnered with JCSM in hosting these exceptional works in Alabama.

Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough, and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe has been organized by the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky.

The exhibition is generously underwritten in part by Mrs. Dorothy Davidson. A donation of $5 for admission to the exhibition is suggested.

Additional promotional support was provided in part by Alabama Travel, Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau, and Alabama Media Group.

JCSM seeks to add works by Old Masters to the permanent collection. Learn how you can help.

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