Connoisseurship & Collecting: Masterworks of European Painting from the Muscarelle Museum of Art

September 25, 2021 – July 17, 2022 - Hugh and Jeannette McKean Gallery

Study of a seated woman

Study of a seated woman


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The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary was only established in 1983, but the university’s art collection housed there has been in existence since its first gift in 1732. This exhibition of 21 paintings includes many of the collection's most significant works dating from the 16th through the 20th centuries. Highlights include a drawing by the Renaissance master, Raphael, paintings by Italian, Flemish, and Dutch masters of the Baroque period such as Annibale Carracci, Peter Paul Rubens, and Rembrandt, important 19th-century French paintings by Paul Cézanne and Eugène Boudin. The exhibition will focus on cultivating an expert's eye and learning to identify the characteristics of style, technique, and authorship when looking at these exceptional works of art. Along with extensive didactic material in the gallery and a mobile gallery guide, Orlando Museum of Art Director and CEO, Dr. Aaron H. De Groft will lead a 10-part program on the art of connoisseurship. 

Forte, apples and grapes in a basket with fish on a stone ledge
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