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"Seventeenth-Century Baroque Festival:
Art in the World of Stefano della Bella
2001-03-28 until 2001-04-17
University of Richmond Museums
USA United States of America
The University of Richmond is proud to announce the Seventeenth-Century
Baroque Festival, a celebration and examination of the arts and music of Europe. A
series of speakers, performances, and an exhibition will explore the style and
accomplishments of the Baroque era.
Inaugurating the festival will be an exhibition of more than 100 prints by
Stefano della Bella (Italian, 1610-1664), shown in the Marsh Art Gallery, University
of Richmond Museums, and drawn from its collection.
A prolific printmaker, Della
Bella received commissions from the Medici court as well as French King Louis XIV.
His images of landscapes, marines, city scenes, royal ceremonies, animal studies,
and military battles capture the events, symbolism, and everyday life of Baroque
Florence, Rome, and Paris. Organized by the Marsh Art Gallery, University
Museums, in collaboration with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, the
exhibition is curated by Charles W. Johnson, Professor of Art History and Chair of
the Department of Art and Art History, University of Richmond. A catalogue,
published by the University of Richmond Museums, will accompany the exhibition.
Musical performances by national and international artists will be held
throughout the festival. Musical programs will include Bach's Goldberg Variations
performed on harpsichord by Joanne Kong and a selection of Baroque works for the
lute played by Paul O'Dette. In addition there will be two concerts featuring original
instrument ensembles, Musica Antiqua Koln and Affetti Musicali.
The festival will include master classes and workshops by noted scholars
and musicians. Topics such as Baroque dance, choral music, and seventeenth-
century printmaking will offer additional insight into the creativity of this period.
In mid-April, the University of Richmond will also host a two-day conference
on art and music from Della Bella's world. A national call for papers has been issued
and planned speakers include art historians Svetlana Alpers and James Elkins and
music scholars Carolyn Gianturco and Alexander Silbiger.