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  • Special Exhibition

The Fall of Phaeton (detail), mid-1500s. Nicolas Beatrizet (French, c. 1515–1565) after Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Engraving; 41.9 x 29 cm. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Zinser, 1965.458.

Gods and Heroes: Ancient Legends in Renaissance Art

Saturday, August 26–Sunday, December 31, 2017
Location:  101A–B Prints and Drawings
James and Hannah Bartlett Gallery

About The Exhibition

Ancient gods and goddesses, daring heroes, and magnificent rulers star in this exhibition of drawings and prints by Renaissance artists. Literally meaning rebirth, the term Renaissance describes a period of renewed interest in ancient Greek and Roman knowledge, literature, and art in Europe during the 1400s and 1500s. As Renaissance artists endeavored to emulate and surpass renowned ancient masters, they studied antique sculpture and architecture, using them as models in the portrayal of the human body, classical myths, and historical events. Artists also adapted ancient legends to create moral and political allegories, and depicted Renaissance royalty in the guise of ancient rulers. The exhibition includes engravings of Raphael’s Apollo on Parnassus and Michelangelo’s Fall of Phaeton, a frieze of chiaroscuro woodcuts reproducing Andrea Mantegna’s Triumph of Caesar, and a group of prints dedicated to the ever-popular hero Hercules.

This exhibition is made possible by the Malcolm E. Kenney Special Exhibitions Endowment.