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"The Still Lifes of Evaristo Baschenis: The Music of Silence"
2000-11-17 until 2001-03-04
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY,
This exhibition is devoted to the paintings of Evaristo Baschenis (Bergamo,
1617–1677), the outstanding still-life painter of 17th-century Italy. Although
unfamiliar to American audiences, his hauntingly poetic still lifes of musical
instruments combine baroque splendor with a masterful, restrained geometry. Their
quality of time arrested has led to comparisons with Chardin and Vermeer.
Approximately 15 paintings from public and private collections throughout northern
Italy will be on view in the Robert Lehman Wing.
Among them is Baschenis's
masterpiece, a triptych done for the Agliardi family of Bergamo, which includes
portraits of the family and a self-portrait of the artist playing instruments. Also
included are books on perspective and examples of period musical instruments from the
The exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, with the
Accademia Carrara of Bergamo, and the Superintendency of Milan, under the Patronage
of the President of the Italian Republic, with the support of the Minister of Foreign
Affairs, the Minister of Cultural Heritage, Regione Lombardia, Provincia di Bergamo
and Comune di Bergamo.
The exhibition is made possible by Banca Popolare di Bergamo-Credito Varesino, in
cooperation with Camera di Commercio di Bergamo.