Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery Renaissance expert key player in the Raphael to Carracci: The Art of Papal Rome exhibition

Ottawa - July 17, 2008

The National Gallery of Canada’s exhibition The 1930’s: The Making of the “The New Man” is drawing international and national accolades for its uniqueness and diversity. A North American exclusive, the exhibition The 1930s brings together over 200 extraordinary works that explore the seminal link between art and biology. The exhibition affords a unique opportunity to see works by eminent European artists such as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Vassily Kandinsky, Max Ernst and August Sander, and North American artists like Grant Wood, Jackson Pollock, Walker Evans and Alex Colville.  The exhibition continues until September 7, 2008.

On view at the National Gallery from November 28, 2008 to March 8, 2009, is the exhibition Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture. In partnership with the J. Paul Getty Museum, the National Gallery will host an international exhibition that explores the remarkable development of the sculptural portrait in early 17th century Rome. The level of virtuosity displayed by Bernini and others in his sphere in coaxing such a rendering from the intractable medium of stone astonishes scholars as well as the general public. An exhibition on this topic has never been mounted before and it is expected to raise a number of issues such as the trajectory of Bernini’s career, persistent questions of attribution, theories of portraiture, and the critical response to this production.  

The National Gallery is delighted to announce the exclusive presentation of the exhibition Raphael to Carracci: The Art of Papal Rome on view May 29 to September 6, 2009.  Deputy Director and Chief Curator, David Franklin, continues to devote his efforts, with the collaboration of an international team of curators and scholars, to this unique exhibit of one of the most important periods in history of western art.

Dr. Franklin has been working hard and focussing his efforts on assembling what is expected to be the largest exhibit of major pieces of art from the Renaissance Rome period (1500 to 1600) ever held outside of Rome itself. The exhibit will feature approximately 150 loans from some of the world’s largest and most renowned private and public collections.

As the exhibition lead curator, Dr. David Franklin, was released from his institutional duties to support his writing of the main essay and numerous catalogue entries and he is also acting as editor of the exhibition catalogue.  With more than 32 contributing authors from Canada and abroad, Franklin will ensure that the content reflects the exhibition theme.

The National Gallery of Canada is the exclusive venue for this spectacular undertaking.

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For more information, please contact:

Joanne Charette
Director, Public Affairs
National Gallery of Canada