Monday, December 2, 2013

Upcoming Events: William Morris & Sacred Visions

I am going to be attending two events this month that I am very excited about. Firstly, the upcoming Christie's auction in NYC on December 6th, 2013 featuring the printing press used by William Morris in 1891 to produce his genius work through the Kelmscott Press. Although, the auction itself will be on Friday, the sixth of this month, I will attending one of the viewing days that is open all day and free to the public at the temporary Christie's offices in the beautiful Rockefeller Plaza!  I can't begin to tell you how much this means to me especially after reading two of his handwritten letters and holding one of his illuminated manuscripts in my very own hands at The Morgan Library and Museum!

Images taken from the viewable online Christie's auction catalogue. You can view it yourself, Christie's Catalogue

Next, at another museum that I don't believe is very well known except perhaps to those who live in the Manhattan neighborhood. MOBIA or Museum of Biblical Art is a FREE MUSEUM...I said...FREE!!! Exhibits and entry are FREE...currently running now is an exhibit in conjunction with another fabulous gem the Dahesh Museum housing nineteenth century european art!  The only place I can view Alma-Tadema's work!!  You won't find him at The Metropolitan Museum of Art!


The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) NYC, will present Sacred Visions: Nineteenth-Century Biblical Art from the Dahesh Museum Collection, an exhibition that considers the rich diversity and transformation of biblical subject matter produced during the nineteenth century by masters of the academic tradition.

30 religious paintings, drawings, and sculptures by well known artists like Leon Bonnat, Alexandre Cabanel, Gustave Doré, Paul Delaroche, and Jean Léon Gérôme, as well as their lesser known, but equally gifted contemporaries. In addition, on display are volumes drawn from the American Bible Society’s Rare Bible Collection, of popular nineteenth-century Bibles richly illustrated by Doré and James Tissot, and that issued by publisher Thomas Macklin. 


PAINTINGS FEATURED IN THE EXHIBIT ABOVE ARE: Lamentation (1820) by Paul Delaroche, The Holy Family with Saint John The Baptist and Saint Elizabeth by Francois Joseph Navez, and Gustave Dore's Massacre of the Innocents amongst other artists including Lord Leighton and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema!  Some of these paintings are being exhibited in the United States for the first time.

 
 Sacred Visions will be on view at the Museum of Biblical Art, 1865 Broadway at 61 Street, New York City from October 18, 2013 to February 16, 2014. Check out some of these gorgeous paintings for yourself at the,  Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA)

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