Brisbane lands mammoth European loan exhibition from the Met

Fra Angelico's The Crucifixion (around 1420-23), part of a loan exhibition planned at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane announced today that it had secured a major loan exhibition of 65 paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York that includes masterpieces by Titian, Rembrandt, Raphael, Goya, Vermeer, Cézanne and others.

The exhibition will run from 12 June to 17 October 2021. For now the Gallery of Modern Art is the only venue planned for the show, European Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Most of the works included rarely leave the Met.

The loan arrangement results in part from a massive ongoing skylight replacement project in the majestic European paintings galleries at the New York museum. The long refurbishment effort had resulted in gallery closures and the movement of many works before the Met closed on 13 March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday the museum reopens to the public at 25% capacity.

Titian's Venus and Adonis from the 1550s Metropolitan Museum of Art

Chris Saines, the director of QAGOMA, says the works for the Brisbane show span five centuries, beginning with Fra Angelicos altarpiece panel The Crucifixion from around 1420-23 and ending with one of Monets late Water Lilies from 1916-19. Among the many other highlights are Titians Venus and Adonis from the 1550s, Caravaggios The Musicians of 1597, Georges de La Tours The Fortune Teller from around the 1630s, Rembrandts Flora from around 1654 and Vermeers Allegory of the Catholic Faith from aroRead More – Source

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