Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Long lost paintings together at last

It's fitting that the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art would choose Valentine's month to showcase great works which were once separated but are now back together. 
A new show, Reunited Masterpieces: From Adam and Eve to George and Martha, features a special members-only viewing Friday in the Heublein Gallery and Morgan Great Hall, followed by a lecture by Dr. Eric Zafran, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art. The exhibition began on Valentine's Day and will end on May 30.
"The reunion of these paintings allows a better appreciation of how they were originally conceived and how the artists subtly adjusted one painting to complement the other," according to the Wadsworth's website. 
The Hartford art venue possesses an impressive number of paintings from major schools which have been separated from their mates. Curators there have borrowed the estranged pieces from private and public collections around the globe for the exhibition. Reunited Masterpieces also earned a mention in February's Vogue magazine, according to the Wadsworth.
The showing will feature many accompanying events, including a Sunday chamber music concert, directed by Leonid Sigal, in the Morgan Great Hall. Tickets are on sale through Hartford Symphony Orchestra ticket services at (860)244-2999 or online.
On April 29, Ronda Kasl, of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, will discuss 17th-century Spanish artist Valdes Leal's reunited paintings.

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