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, , . . . POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 10, 2014 Page 9 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Presents Donatello, Michelangek00, Cellini: Sculptors' Drawings from Renaissance Italy The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum an- nounced the opening of an exhibition titled Donatello, Michelangelo, Cellini: Sculp- tors" Drawings from Renais- sance Italy, on view from October 23, 2014 through January 19, 2015 in the Museum's Hostetter Gallery. This international loan exhibition will bring together 39 drawings and a num- ber of related sculptures by renowned Renaissance mas- ters, including Michelangelo, Donatello, Cellini, Bandi- nelli, Giambologna, and Della Robbia, many exhibited for the first time in the United States. This exhibition -- inspired by the self-portrait of Flor- entine artist Baccio Bandin- elli and in the Gardner Museum's collection -- is the first one to do an in-depth study of the multi-faceted relationship between draw-. ing and sculpture in Renaissance Italy. Collected throughout the centuries, drawings by Renaissance masters have been widely praised and admired. They are celebrated for their beauty and elegance, tech- nical mastery and ingenuity, and yet the relationship dbetween drawings and the working practices of the sculptor's studio have been vastly understudied -- until nOW. In his portrait, Bandinelli, one of the most famous sculptors of his day, is not memorialized with one of his gi-and public monuments, but rather with a preparatory drawing of it. This empha- sizes the decisive shift that occurred during the Renais- sance, as drawings became valuable works of art in and of themselves, and high- lights the shifting social sta- tus of artists as intellectuals instead of mere craftsmen. "The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is de- lighted to present this groundbreaking exhibition that gives visitors a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to see this assembled collection of important and beautiful drawings and sculptures spanning the 200 years be- tween Donatello and Bernini," notes Anne Hawley, the Norma Jean Calderwood Director. "The fact that a hallmark work in the Gardner's permanent collection has galvanized such important new scholar- ship in the field aligns per- fectly with the Museum's mission." Michael Cole, Professor of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art at Columbia University, and Oliver Tost- mann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the co-cura- tors for the exhibition, have led an international team of scholars who have contrib- uted to the accompanying catalogue. "The goal of this exhibi- Baccio Bandinelli (1488-1560) tion," says Cole "is to look comparatively at the graphic practices of Italian Renais- sance sculptors." In so doing, the exhibition and catalogue tell a story of professional transformation. The earliest Renaissance artists who made drawings were trained as goldsmiths, while many of the later artists who made drawings did so as they moved into the field of archi- tecture. In addition to several works in the Gardner's per- manent collection -- includ- ing the Self-Portrait by Baccio Bandinelli and a drawing of the Pietd by Michelangelo -- other highlights of the exhi- bition include noteworthy loans that have never be- fore been shown in America, including Cellini's Perseus and Andromeda from the Museo Nazionale del Bar- geIlo, Florence, Italy and Peter de Witte's Portrait of @ ANNOUNCEMENT COMITES ELECTIONS A date has been set to elect new members of the Committees of Italians Abroad (Comites), Giambologna in his Studio from a private collection. In addition to these, other draw- ings will be on loan from the British Museum Victoria and Albert Museum, the Met- ropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, and the Uffizi. CATALOGUE. Accompanying the exhibi- tion will be a fully illustrated catalogue with five essays by leading scholars. 250 pages, paperback, 11" x 9", 120 color illustrations. ISBN 978 1 907372 70 4, www.paul- Distributed in Continental Europe by and in the United States and Canada by Casemate Athena www. casemateathena, com. LECTURES A series of related public programs will also comple- ment the exhibition, and will present new findings and in- sights from scholars of his- tory and art history, conser- vators, and artists, HOW TO PAINT A SCULPTOR'S PORTRAIT Thursday, October 23  at 7:00 PM Oliver Tostmann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Euro- pean Art at The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. The self-portrait by Re- naissance sculptor Baccio BandineUi is one of the most unusual portraits in the Gardner Museum collection. In this lecture, Oliver Tostmann will discuss the provenance, history, and context of this painting, one of the central works in the Donatello, Michelangelo, Cellini: Sculptors' Drawings from Renaissance Italy exhi- bition. THE WORK OF ART Saturday, November 8 th at 2:00 PM Rona Pondick, sculptor, and Gianfranco Pocobene, John L. and Susan K. Gardner Chief Conservator at the Gardner Museum. Moderated by Peggy Burchenal, Esther Stiles Eastman, Curator of Education and Public Programs at the Gardner Museum. The processes'involved r making- and studying- works of art are continuously evolving, and speak volumes about the interrelationships between artists and society Gardner conservator Gian- franco Pocobene will present a new look at drawing tech- niques used by Michelangelo in the Gardner's Pietd. and contemporary sculptor Rona Pondick will discuss how sht combines inspiration front the work oi earlier artists with the use of digita7 tech- nology in creating her sculp ture. Join us for a lively con- versation about the impact of new technologies on the art world. COULD RENAISSANCE SCULPTORS DRAW? Thursday, December 11 th at 7:00 PM Michael Cole, Professor of Italian Renaissance and Ba- roque Art History at Columbia University. In his Self-Portrait, Bandi- nelli depicts himself show- casing a drawing. The ges- ture is striking, not only be- cause it shows drawing tak- ing the place of sculpture, but also because Renais- sance sculptors -- by con- trast to trained painters like Michelangelo -- were and are generally regarded as in- capable draftsmen. Just how exceptional was Bandinelli? What drawings do we have from Renaissance sculptors and why were they made? Join Michael Cole, co-cura- tor of the exhibition, as he explores these questions. **Information about addi- tional lectures can be found at www.gardnermuseum, org Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way Boston MA. 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