The National Gallery of Art will exhibit Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, July 1-November 25. During the seventeenth century the Dutch became leaders in marine travel, transport, commerce, and security as their massive cargo carriers and warships traversed oceans and their small vessels and fishing boats navigated inland and coastal waterways. The exhibition will “explore the deep, multifaceted relationship the Dutch had with the water, including their gratitude for the sea’s bounty and their fear of its sometimes destructive power.” Drawn largely from the Gallery’s own collection, the exhibition features nearly 50 paintings, prints, drawings, rare books, and ship models.”
Image below: Ludolf Backhuysen "Ships in Distress off a Rocky Coast" - 1667 Painting - Dutch, 1630 - 1708 - Oil on Canvas - Credit - Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
The National Gallery of Art will exhibit Sense of Humor, July 15-January 6, 2019.The exhibition will explore the expression of humor in painting and sculpture in the Gallery’s collection through works including “Renaissance caricatures, biting English satires, and 20th-century comics.” The exhibition will include major works by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Jacques Callot, William Hogarth, James Gillray, Francisco Goya, and Honoré Daumier, as well as later examples by Art Spiegelman, Richard Hamilton, Andy Warhol, John Baldessari, and the Guerrilla Girls.”
Image below: James Gillray, Midas, Transmuting All into Paper, 1797, etching with hand-coloring in watercolor on laid paper, Wright and Evans 1851, no. 168, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Purchased as an Anonymous Gift.
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints Into Maiolica and Bronze, thru August 5.The exhibition was inspired by the Gallery’s acquisition of the important William A. Clark maiolica (glazed Italian ceramics) collection from the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Some 90 objects highlight the impact of Renaissance prints on maiolica and bronze plaquettes - the two media most dramatically influenced by the new technology of image replication.The exhibition “tells the story of how printed images were transmitted, transformed, and translated onto ceramics and small bronze reliefs, creating a shared visual canon across artistic media and geographical boundaries.” The focus of the exhibition is on designs by major artists such as Andrea Mantegna, Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Parmigianino, and Albrecht Dürer.
Image below:Artist: Painter of the Milan Marsyas - Italian, active 1500/1550 – Title:Charger with Marcus Curtius Plunging into the Chasm – Dated c. 1525/1530 - tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)- Corcoran Collection (William A. Clark Collection)
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting Heavenly Earth: Images of Saint Francis at La Verna, thru July 8. The volume titled Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia (1612) depicts the monastery and dramatic rocky terrain of La Verna, the site where Saint Francis received the stigmata. The exhibition was curated by Ginger Hammer, assistant curator, department of old master prints, National Gallery of Art.
Image below: Artist Lino Moroni - Italian, 1547-1627 – “Chapel of the Blessed John of La Verna (Cappella del beato Giovanni della Verna)" – Dated 1612 – Medium - 1 engraved illustration – Print – Credit: Acquisition funded by a grant from The B.H. Breslauer Foundation, 2013
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting a special installation of Jackson Pollock’s Mural (1943)thru October 28, 2018. The mural is on loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City townhouse, the painting is Pollock’s largest work at nearly 20 feet long, and represents a major turning point in the artist’s career and style. Also on view are paintings and works on paper by Pollock from the Gallery’s collection.
Image below: Jackson Pollock Mural, 1943 oil and casein on canvas - University of Iowa Museum of Art, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1959.6
The National Gallery of Art is exhibiting Cézanne Portraits, thru July 1 in the West Building. Some 60 of the artist’s portraits have been drawn from collections around the world in what is the first exhibition devoted to the famed post-impressionist’s portraits. The exhibition provides the first full visual account of Cézanne’s portrait practice.Some of the works displayed have never before been exhibited in the U.S.
Image below: Paul Cézanne - French 1839-1906 - Bust of Madame Cézanne (verso) 1884/1885 – Graphite Drawing – Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon