The exhibition features thirty religious and secular paintings by Italian and Flemish Masters, including Titian, Jacopo Tintoretto, Circle of Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens, Francesco Botti, and Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio. The oldest work, Painted Cross by an Umbrian Master, dates back to 1295. From moderate size to more than 7’ tall or wide, the paintings (of which many are set in their original frame) demonstrate a timeline of mediums and styles typical to each period, such as: tempera and gold leaf on panel, oil on panel, and oil on canvas; Florentine School, Venetian School, and Mannerism.
It was recently announced that significant sections of a Saint Sebastian painting are the work of master painter Titian, considered to be the greatest painter of 16th century Venice. Previously, the large (73 x 28.3”) oil on canvas painting ca. 1520-1530, was attributed to the Venetian School.
With respect to the attribution change, Paul Joannides, MA, Ph.D., Emeritus professor of Art History at the University of Cambridge and life member of Clare Hall, has examined the visible stylistic and material elements along with clues about the process of its creation to build a historical understanding of the painting.
Visitors to the gallery can compare the Titian Saint Sebastian to two other paintings of Saint Sebastian by Evangelista di Pian di Meleto (ca. 1500) and Louis Finson (ca. 1607), hung side-by-side. The patron saint of archers and athletes and venerated as a protector from the bubonic plague was a favorite subject of Renaissance artists. He was typically depicted as a robust young man pierced by arrows.
Careful attention has been placed on making the exhibition understandable to guests of all ages. Children will enjoy The Florence Experience – a virtual flight over the ‘Birthplace of the Renaissance’ via a floor-to-ceiling LED display.
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