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An Antiquity of Imagination: Tullio Lombardo and Venetian High Renaissance Sculpture

July 4 – November 1, 2009
West Buillding, Main Floor, Galleries 10 and 11, West Garden Court

Venetian 15th Century (Possibly Giovanni Battista Bregno), Standing Angel, c. 1495/1500, marble, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1943.4.72

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

Overview: 4 marble sculptures by Tullio Lombardo, including two carved double portraits, were presented in the exhibition, the first in the United States devoted to Tullio's work. Also on view were 8 sculptures by artists in Tullio's circle and 3 related paintings. The exhibition marked the 550th anniversary of the artist's birth.

Curator Alison Luchs presented a lecture on September 13 followed by a catalogue book signing. On October 4, a Sunday concert of Venetian music was performed in honor of the exhibition.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art. Alison Luchs, curator of early European sculpture, was curator. The exhibition was sponsored by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art. Additional support was provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The exhibition also was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Attendance: 104,422

Catalog: Tullio Lombardo and Venetian High Renaissance Sculpture by Alison Luchs et al. Washington: National Gallery of Art in association with Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2009.