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Art and Love

The exhibition is made possible by the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Additional support is provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

The catalogue is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the Charles Bloom Foundation.

The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth.

It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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Marriage, Love, and Lineage in Renaissance Venice

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The poetic exhibition Art and Love in Renaissance Italy explores the various exceptional objects created to celebrate love and marriage in the Italian Renaissance. Spanning from through the fifteenth century to the mid-sixteenth century, the objects on display range from exquisite examples of maiolica and jewelry, given as gifts to the couple, to marriage portraits and paintings that extol sensual love and fecundity, such as the Metropolitan's Venus and Cupid by the great Venetian artist Lorenzo Lotto.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Professor Emeritus Stanley Chojnacki, scholar of Venetian history, talks about the roles of marriage and family in the Renaissance. Within the strict, stable structures surrounding marriage and lineage Renaissance Venice, the relationships between women, their families of origin, and their families by marriage, were fluid and various. Here, Chojnacki speaks about the fascinating permutations of the roles of patrician women and their family ties.

A lecture by Stanley Chojnacki, Professor of History Emeritus, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; introduced by Andrea Bayer, curator, Department of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Hear Isabella Rossellini and Director Emeritus Philippe de Montebello read love poetry from Renaissance Italy:
http://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/general-interest/lectures/isabella-rossellini-and-philippe-de-montebello-read-poetry-on-the-nature-of-love

Learn more about the exhibition:
http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2008/art-and-love-in-renaissance-italy

Learn more about art and love in the Italian Renaissance:
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/arlo/hd_arlo.htm

Art and Love in Renaissance Italy

November 18, 2008–February 16, 2009

Accompanied by a catalogue

This exhibition explores the various exceptional objects created to celebrate love and marriage in the Italian Renaissance. The approximately 150 objects, which date from about 1400 to the mid-sixteenth century, range from exquisite examples of maiolica and jewelry given as gifts to the couple, to marriage portraits and paintings that extol sensual love and fecundity, such as the Metropolitan's Venus and Cupid by the great Venetian artist Lorenzo Lotto. The exhibition also includes some of the rarest and most significant pieces of Renaissance glassware, cassone panels, birth trays, and drawings and prints of amorous subjects.