The Taubman Museum of Art presents Titian to Monet: European Paintings from Joslyn Art Museum. The exhibition marks the first time the Joslyn Art Museum of Omaha, Nebraska has loaned a selection of his European paintings as a traveling exhibition, with the Taubman Museum of Art being the first of only two venues chosen to share the collection. Spanning almost 500 years, the 52 works Titian to Monet: European Paintings from Joslyn Art Museum tell a broad history of European painting from the Italian Renaissance to 19th-century French Impressionism.
The broad chronological and geographical spectrum includes the most important periods, schools and styles of European art history, represented by masterpieces by Titian, Veronese, El Greco, Claude Lorrain, Rembrandt, Courbet, Monet and Pissarro, among others. A highlight of the exhibition is a remarkable group of 19th-century French academic paintings, with major works by Breton, Bouguereau and others.
Joslyn Art Museum Executive Director and CEO Jack Becker, PhD spoke about what visitors to the exhibition can expect. “From Titian’s stunning portrait of a man of the Cornaro family with a falcon from the late 1520s to a beautiful 17th-century floral still life by the Dutch painter Maria van Oosterwyck; from Claude Monet’s idyllic The Meadow of 1879 to Jean-Léon Gérôme’s compelling Orientalist vision The Grief of the Pasha of 1885 – we are delighted to share these works from Joslyn’s celebrated collection with Virginia audiences.”
Becker noted that Joslyn is undergoing an ambitious expansion and renovation, including its European galleries, that will make possible this unprecedented tour of works – many of which will never be on permanent display in Omaha.
The exhibition is divided into six sections: Early Renaissance Devotional Art, Renaissance and Baroque Art in Italy, The Golden Age of Dutch Painting, Reason and Romanticism in France and England, History and Invention in the 19th Century, and Realism and Impressionism in Modern Europe.
Outstanding examples of religious, historical, portrait, landscape, genre and still life painting define artistic movements and embody the social, cultural and political history of Europe. Titian to Monet: European Paintings from the Joslyn Art Museum examines the critical developments and cultural richness of European painting between 1400 and 1900.
“This exhibition represents a truly unique opportunity for many to experience the artworks of European masters whose work has influenced and influenced generations for centuries and around the world,” said Cindy Petersen, executive director of the Taubman Museum of Art. “By a class of From bringing Monet to schoolchildren in rural Virginia, to opening the world of Titian to a nursing home resident through virtual programming, we are honored to be the catalyst in bringing people and art together to discover, learn and enjoy. “
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated publication, European Paintings and Sculpture from Joslyn Art Museum, written by Taylor J. Acosta, PhD, Chief Curator and Willis A. Strauss Curator of European Art at the Joslyn Art Museum, with contributions from distinguished scholars and Specialists in European art history.
Masterpieces from the Joslyn Art Museum’s renowned European collection are illuminated through artist biographies, investigations into practice and technique, and cultural and historical contexts. This publication was made possible by the generous support of the Hawks Foundation, the Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation, the Joslyn Art Museum Association, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Robert Lehman Foundation, and an anonymous donor.
The exhibition will debut on Saturday, October 8 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm with a ticketed Opening Ceremony, followed by a Member Preview Day on Sunday, October 9th. The exhibition will then be on view from October 14, 2022 to January 8, 2023.