Zurbarán: A New Perspective
9 June – 13 September 2015
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Zurbaran’s quietly intense paintings of saints, monks and martyrs are held in some of the world’s finest collections. This month, one of them dedicates a show to his lesser known works, from his earliest commissions to his more mature pieces. Many of these works are new discoveries or have been unseen in public for many years and will be presented alongside the paintings of his pupils and contemporaries of the Spanish Golden Age.
Francisco de Zurbaran, St Francis contemplating a skull, circa 1635. Oil on canvas, 91.4 x 30.5 cm. Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase
A Medium of Power: 16th Century Tapestries from the Kunsthistorisches Museum
14 July – 20 September 2015
As if the Kunsthistoriches’ halls weren’t grand enough, this summer they will be adorned with monumental tapestries celebrating important scenes from the Renaissance courts. This is a rare opportunity to see these exceptional works of art that are usually kept under wraps to preserve their fragile threads and vibrant colours.
A Golden Age
28 August – 29 November 2015
With this exhibition the Kunsthaus Zurich will showcase its own impressive holdings of Dutch Golden Age painting as well as a Swiss private collection of works that are rarely on view. Mostly small pieces, they range from genre scenes to still lifes and represent such masters as Jan Brueghel the Elder, Adriaen Coorte and Aert van der Neer.
Adriaen Coorte, Still Life with a Bundle of Asparagus, Red Cherries and a Butterfly, c. 1693–1695. Oil on paper on wood, 25.6 x 19.8 cm.Private collection
The Botticelli Renaissance
24 September 2015 – 24 January 2016
From the Pre-Raphaelites to The Simpsons, Botticelli’s influence has been ubiquitous in art and popular culture of the last few hundred years. This innovative exhibition at Berlin’s Gemaldegalerie aims to explore what made the painter a dominant figure in Italy’s Renaissance as well as a pop icon with pieces by Degas, Warhol and Cindy Sherman as well as a selection of the Florentine’s most famous works.
Tomoko Nagao, Botticelli - The Birth of Venus with Baci, Esselunga, Barilla, PSP and EasyJet, 2012