Summer Exhibitions


Turner & The Sea

Peabody Essex Museum - Salem, MA 

In the first full-scale examination of Joseph Mallord William Turner's lifelong preoccupation with the sea, this exhibition features iconic works spanning the artist's career from his transformative Academy paintings of the late 1790s and early 1800s, to the unfinished, experimental seascapes produced towards the end of his life. At turns dramatic, contemplative, beautiful and sublime, the sea's mercurial properties captivated Turner and his contemporaries who repeatedly returned to the subject. Iconic Turner masterpieces are exhibited alongside works by other major European and American artists, providing a rich artistic context for Turner's groundbreaking vision. May 1 - Sept 1, 2014.

Making Colour at the National Gallery, London 

The National Gallery presents Making Colour, an exhibition examining the history of colour in art. June 18 - Sept 7

It takes visitors on a journey back in time, exploring the wide range of materials that have been used to create colour not just in paintings, but in all types of art. Said to be the first exhibition of this kind in Britain, it has numerous rooms each dedicated to one colour from the spectrum, as well as rooms for gold and silver. The show has been drawn from the expertise of the gallery’s scientific department and the outstanding paintings residing in its collection. 

The works on display cover around 700 years of history, from the early Renaissance to the Impressionist movement. Along with the art treasures on display, the show also looks at the origins and developments of the physical materials used to create them. From natural mineral products to manufactured pigments, the technical secrets of the artists are laid out for all to see. 

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Rococo to Revolution: 18th-Century French Drawings from Los Angeles Collections

July 1–September 21, 2014 at the Getty Center

In the 1700s, drawing was at the heart of artistic practice, irrespective of the profession—painter, printmaker, sculptor, or architect. As a result, the level of draftsmanship was very high, and the most gifted practitioners reached an unparalleled degree of mastery. 

This show celebrates the art of drawing in France, from the death of Louis XIV in 1715 to the Revolution of 1789. During this period of far-reaching cultural and intellectual aspirations, when inventiveness was greatly valued, drawing perhaps more than any other artistic medium exemplified the creative impulse. It contributed decisively to an aesthetic evolution—from the decorative exuberance of the Rococo style, which emerged in the early 1700s and was strongly associated with the reign of King Louis XV—to its gradual displacement by the more Spartan idiom of Neoclassicism, a movement that began circa 1760 in the visual arts and drew inspiration from ancient Greco-Roman art and culture. 

The exhibition features works from the J. Paul Getty Museum and distinguished private collections by such brilliant artists as François Boucher, Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, and Jean-Antoine Watteau. FOR MORE INFORMATION


                             The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy

                                 British Art and Design

May 20–October 26, 2014

The Pre-Raphaelites galvanized the British art world in the second half of the nineteenth century with a creative vision that resonates to this day. Rejecting contemporary academic practice as vacuous and stifling, they sought to produce work that was vivid, sincere, and uplifting. Their name affirms their initial sources of inspiration: medieval and early Renaissance art from before the era of Raphael. Originally championed by a small, secret brotherhood, the movement swiftly gained adherents, who introduced new approaches and ambitions.

This exhibition brings together some thirty objects from across the Museum and from local private collections to highlight the second generation of the Pre-Raphaelites, focusing on the key figures Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Paintings, drawings, furniture, ceramics, stained glass, textiles, and book illustrations from the 1860s through the 1890s, many united for the first time, demonstrate the enduring impact of Pre-Raphaelite ideals as they were adapted by different artists and developed across a range of media. At a time of renewed appreciation for art of the Victorian age, the installation directs fresh attention toward the Metropolitan's little-known holdings in this important area.  For More Information