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Giovanni Bellini, Virgin and Child, ca. 1480–85. Tempera and oil on panel, 24 1/2 x 18 1/4 in. (62.3 x 46.2 cm). Glasgow Museums; Bequeathed by Mrs. John Graham-Gilbert, 1877 (575). © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection, Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums
February 8 – May 3, 2015

This beautiful and powerfully moving exhibition explores the evolution of Italian painting over five centuries, from late medieval works of the 14th century to Impressionist pictures of the 19th. Drawn from the Glasgow Museums’ outstanding Italian holdings, the show features works by some of the greatest masters of these periods, including Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi, Salvator Rosa, Luca Signorelli, and Titian; many of the pictures have never before been exhibited outside of Scotland. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art represents this travelling exhibition’s exclusive West Coast venue.

The character of Glasgow’s Italian collection was largely determined by the tastes of Archibald McLellan (1797–1854), a coach builder and discriminating collector who spent much of his wealth on art and bequeathed his extensive collection to the city. McLellan acquired representative examples of all of the principal artistic schools of Italy. Most of the pictures are religious or mythological in subject and were obtained because of the moral and religious ideals they manifested rather than for any personal reasons or tastes.

Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums is organized by the American Federation of Arts and Glasgow Museums. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. This exhibition tour is generously supported by d’Amico Società di Navigazione, the JFM Foundation and Mrs. Donald M. Cox. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane and Christie’s.

The exhibition in Santa Barbara is generously supported by the SBMA Women’s Board, Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation, Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, Willfong Family Trust, in memory of Don and Alice Willfong, Robert and Christine Emmons, Judith Hopkinson, the Italian Cultural Institute, under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles and the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC, the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc., and an anonymous donor. This project is funded in part by the Events and Festivals Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.

View the full press release here.

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Related Programming

Gallery Tours
With admission to SBMA, you are always invited to participate in a free docent-led gallery tour, which meets in the lobby at the State Street entrance. The following tours focus on this exhibition:

February – 15, 17, 21, 22, 25, 28 at noon
March – 1, 4, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 22, 24, 28, 29 at noon


Family 1st Thursdays
Thursdays, February 5; March 5, 5:30 – 7: 30 pm
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA’s Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum teaching artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy galleries until 8 pm.

Free



Sandro Botticelli (and Possibly Assistant), The Annunciation, ca. 1490-95. Oil, tempera and gold leaf on walnut panel, 19 1/2 x 24 7/16 in. (49.5 x 61.9 cm). Glasgow Museums; Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan, 1856 (174). © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Visual Storytelling
March 5

Use colored pencils and metallic paint to reimagine the architecture, landscape, and figures in Sandro Botticelli’s The Annunciation, featured in the Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums exhibition.

Studio Sundays on the Front Steps
February 8; March 8, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. Each month explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper, and gain inspiration from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibitions.

Front Steps of Museum
Free



Luigi da Rios, Overlooking a Canal, Venice, 1886. Oil on canvas, 18 13/16 x 26 15/16 in. (47.8 x 68.3 cm). Glasgow Museums; Bequeathed by Adam Teacher, 1898 (787). © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.
 

Acrylic Wash
February 8
Reimagine the story in a detail from your favorite 19th-century painting by creating a setting, characters, or action that make it come to life, inspired by the Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums exhibition.



Antonio Balestra, Justice and Peace Embracing, ca. 1700. Oil on canvas, 42 x 55 1/4 in. (106.8 x 140.3 cm). Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan, 1856 (266). © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Tempera Cakes
March 8
Sketch figures in profile from Antonio Balestra’s Justice and Peace Embracing, featured in the Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums exhibition. Then, add color in tempera paint to complete your portrait.


Sandro Botticelli (and Possibly Assistant), The Annunciation, ca. 1490-95. Oil, tempera and gold leaf on walnut panel, 19 1/2 x 24 7/16 in. (49.5 x 61.9 cm). Glasgow Museums; Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan, 1856 (174). © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Highlights of the Exhibition of Italian Masterpieces from Glasgow by Director Larry Feinberg
Thursday, February 19, 5:30 pm
Larry J. Feinberg, the SBMA Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director and an authority on Italian Renaissance art, offers an insightful and lively introduction to the highlights of the Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums exhibition. Feinberg analyzes and explains the meaning of outstanding works by some of the greatest Italian masters represented in the show, including Botticelli, Bellini, and Titian, as well as compelling and beautiful pictures by lesser-known but highly-gifted masters, such as Paris Bordon and Carlo Dolci. The speaker also demonstrates how one can trace five centuries of art history and culture through these important paintings, from medieval works of the 14th century through Impressionist pictures in the later 19th.

Mary Craig Auditorium
Free for 
SBMA Members/$10 Non-Members/$6 Senior Non-Members
Reserve or purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks, or online at 
tickets.sbma.net.

Reading and Discussion by Colm Tóibín
Thursday, March 12, 3 pm
Award-winning Irish writer, Colm Tóibín, whose book, The Testament of Mary, was influenced by his response to two Titian paintings, speaks of the art and experiences that led him to write the controversial novella that was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2012. Tóibín is currently the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. A book signing follows.

Mary Craig Auditorium
Free for
SBMA Members/$10 Non-Members/$6 Senior Non-Members
Reserve or purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks, or online at
tickets.sbma.net.




Spring Artventure Camp
Meet the Masters: 500 Years of Italian Painting
March 30 – April 3, 9 am – 3pm

Step back in time! Explore the world through the eyes of Italian master artists. Paint mythical stories, portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes inspired by Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums.

$215 SBMA Members/$250 Non-Member
Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara Street
To register, visit www.sbma.net/kidsfamilies
 


Atelier: Primavera in Winter
Friday, February 27, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Celebrate the drama of the divine, the sensuality of the secular, and the splendors of spring during a one-night postmodern pilgrimage through 500 years of Italian painting, inspired by the exhibition Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums.

 
$25 SBMA Members/$30 Non-Members
Reserve or purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks, or online at tickets.sbma.net.
For more information call 884.6423, or visit www.sbma.net/atelier.

Curator’s Choice Lecture: James Clifton
The Italianness of Italian Art
Thursday, April 9, 5:30 pm
James Clifton is director of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and curator in Renaissance and Baroque painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He earned his doctorate at Princeton University with a dissertation on Neapolitan painting of the 17th century. Clifton has curated exhibitions, written film scripts, and published widely on the arts of early-modern Europe.

Mary Craig Auditorium
Free SBMA Members
/$10 Non-Members/$6 Senior Non-Members
Reserve or purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks, or online at tickets.sbma.net


Poetry in the Galleries: "...the beginning of always."
Thursday, April 16, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Santa Barbara poet laureates Perie Longo, Paul Willis, and Chryss Yost as well as Jon Snyder, Dante scholar and Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature, Department of French and Italian at UCSB, read from selected works and original compositions inspired by the exhibition.

Preston Morton Gallery
Free

An Evening of Period Music
Thursday, April 30

5:30 – 6:30 pm   The Rosary Sonatas and early 17th-century Italian selections
6:30 – 7 pm   Quire of Voyces
7 – 7:45 pm   The Rosary Sonatas and early 17th –century Italian selections


The Rosary Sonatas were composed in the 1670s by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, and are being performed by Andrew McIntosh and Arthur Omura with baroque violins, harpsichord, and organ. This brilliant, sublime, and famous set of works epitomizes many of those aspects of baroque music that are most compelling: inventiveness, reverence, eccentricity, wild virtuosity, meditative austerity, and unusual tunings. Early 17th-century selections from the violin repertoire complement Biber's pieces.

The Quire of Voyces is a dynamic a capella group that was founded in 1993 to rediscover the sacred choral music of the Renaissance and modern age. Nathan Kreitzer conducts 25 professional singers from the Central Coast who volunteer their talents to present the highest quality of performance all in historic settings.

Museum Galleries
Free


Guide By Cell
The Museum has invited the people of Santa Barbara to voice their opinions–literally. Members of the community were asked to record a personal response to an image in the exhibition, discussing everything from what they thought the photographer wanted them to feel about the photo to how the image related to their personal story. In addition, photographers and subjects in the exhibition were also given the opportunity to share their perspective and insight as to how the portraits were constructed. All responses are available for Museum visitors to access via their cell phones as a Guide By Cell audio tour–free while visiting the exhibition.

 
     
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