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Opening Lecture: Out of the Kress Vaults

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Out of the Kress Vaults: Women in Sacred Renaissance Painting!

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September 15, 2022
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Join us for an opening night lecture to celebrate the opening of Out of the Kress Vaults: Women in Sacred Renaissance Painting, on view in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries from September 16-December 17, 2022. Michelle DiMarzo, PhD, curator of Out of the Kress Vaults, will introduce the exhibition. A reception with light refreshments will follow at 6 p.m.

We invite you to join the conversation via the following options:

  • In-person in the Diffley Board Room of Bellarmine Hall
  • Streaming via thequicklive.com

About Out of the Kress Vaults:

The exhibition explores representations of femininity and virtue in Italian Renaissance paintings of the Virgin Mary, female saints, and nuns. Ranging from small, devotional images intended for the highly gendered spaces of the Renaissance home, to large altarpieces originally on display in churches, these artworks intertwine depictions of idealized beauty with messages of virtue and piety, presenting these women as models of virtue and devotion for emulation – and admiration – by their Renaissance viewers.

This exhibition is the first in the museum’s history to be co-curated with Fairfield University students. Taking inspiration from two paintings of the Madonna and Child in the museum’s own Samuel H. Kress Collection, students in Dr. Michelle DiMarzo’s art history seminar developed the exhibition by examining Kress collections at other institutions, with an emphasis on works typically held in storage. Lenders to the exhibition include the National Gallery of Art, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami.

https://www.fairfield.edu/museum/kressvaults/

Image: Circle of Andrea Mantegna (Possibly Correggio), Madonna and Child, ca. 1505-10, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1939.1.266

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