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"Riches from Rome"
1999-07-15 until 0000-00-00
The Art Gallery of Ontario
From July 15 to September 12, 1999
the Art Gallery of Ontario will be
exhibiting some of the most influential
and important masterworks from the
Renaissance and Baroque periods.
The Old Masters: Great
Renaissance and Baroque
Paintings from the Capitoline
Museum, Rome includes a bold and
revolutionary portrayal of St. John the
Baptist by the rebel artist
Caravaggio. Other prized paintings
include a large-scale altarpiece of the Holy Family by Dosso
Dossi, powerful images of saints by Guercino and Guido
Reni, sumptuous allegories by Veronese, Domenichino, and
Simon Vouet and penetrating portraits by Velázquez, Lotto
and Savoldo. Many of these works have never before been
exhibited outside of Rome and none have ever been exhibited
is considered one of the most important figures
of the Baroque period - his dramatic realism and magic use of
light influenced artists throughout Europe, including Rubens
and Rembrandt. His controversial portrait of St. John the
Baptist is a lush and provocative work depicting the saint as a
boyish youth embracing a large ram.
These paintings are all works from the permanent collection of
The Capitoline Picture Gallery in Rome, which was founded in
1749 and is the oldest public art museum in the world. This
exhibition is organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford,
Admission to The Old Masters: Great Renaissance and
Baroque Paintings from the Capitoline Museum, Rome is
$10/AGO members free. The exhibition is open Tuesday to
Sunday. Advance tickets are $5 when purchased with a $10
ticket to Angels from the Vatican. Offer valid to June 27.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is the eighth largest art museum in
North America. Its collection comprises more than 24,000
works representing 1,000 years of extraordinary European,
Canadian, modern, Inuit and contemporary art.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded by the Ministry of
Citizenship, Culture and Recreation. Additional operating
support is received from the Volunteers of the Art Gallery of
Ontario, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian
Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.