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Reinstallation of Bellini/Titian Feast of the Gods

January 14 – May 13, 1990
West Building, Main Floor, Galleries 19 through 22

Giovanni Bellini and Titian, The Feast of the Gods, 1514/1529, oil on canvas, Widener Collection, 1942.9.1

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: The Feast of the Gods was reinstalled after completion of the painting's 4-year conservation. It was shown with 3 other Venetian Renaissance paintings and with didactic material, including photographs before and after treatment and other analytical conservation photographs. The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) coordinated a symposium in conjunction with the reinstallation.

Organization: David Bull, chairman of painting conservation, was conservator for the project. David A. Brown, curator of southern Renaissance painting, coordinated the reinstallation. Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser designed the reinstallation, and Gordon Anson designed the lighting.

Sponsor: A film on the conservation of the painting was made possible by The Circle of the National Gallery of Art and by Salomon Inc.

Related publication: The Feast of the Gods: Conservation, Examination, and Interpretation, by David Bull and Joyce Plesters. Studies in the History of Art 40. Monograph Series II. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1990.

Film: The Feast of the Gods, produced by the National Gallery of Art.

Attendance: 114,060