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Crocker Art Museum to Welcome Distinguished Lecturers for
“Florence and the Baroque: Paintings from the Haukohl Family Collection”
“Florence and the Baroque” on view November 5, 2011 through February 12, 2012
Sacramento, Calif. – July 5, 2011 – The Crocker Art Museum will welcome two distinguished lecturers in conjunction with the exhibition “Florence and the Baroque: Paintings from the Haukohl Family Collection,” an exhibition of paintings and sculptures from the largest privately-held collection of the period in the United States. Scholars Anthony Colantuono, associate professor of art history at the University of Maryland, and William U. Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art, will give visitors an opportunity to further explore key themes illustrated in the exhibition.
Colantuono will inaugurate the exhibition with a public lecture on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. A specialist in Italian Baroque painting, Colantuono will discuss the artistic and cultural context in Florence that led to the creation of the paintings of the Dandini family, Francesco Furini, Felice Ficherelli, and additional artists in the exhibition.
Professor Colantuono is the author of many studies of Baroque and Renaissance painting in Italy, including the books “Guido Reni's Abduction of Helen: The Politics and Rhetoric of Painting in Seventeenth-century Europe” and “Titian, Colonna and the Renaissance Science of Procreation: Equicola's Seasons of Desire.” He is also a recipient of the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a fellowship at I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies, and research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.Eiland will present a lecture on the imagery of Saint Sebastian and its cultural meanings for LGBTQ viewers on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. His lecture will focus on two paintings in the exhibition, differing images of Saint Sebastian by Felice Ficherelli and Onorio Marinari, before moving to the wider cultural links between the saint and the LGBTQ audience. The recipient of the James Short Award from the Southeastern Museums Conference and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries, Eiland is a trustee of the International Council of Museums and has held various posts with the American Association of Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Eiland lecture is being supported by Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl under whose auspices the exhibition has been generously lent to The Crocker Art Museum. Sir Mark added, “It is our goal to address the topic of diversity via the Haukohl family’s philanthropy. We are delighted to support LGBTQ issues as interpreted in Baroque Italy and brought forward to today.” Sir Mark is a co-founder of the Medici Archive Project, which is a charitable foundation in Florence, Italy cataloging and researching over 300 years of original documents surrounding the Medici family in Europe. He is also President of The Vero Group of Houston, Texas.
The Crocker Art Museum was one of the first art museums in the U.S. and is now one of the leading art institutions in California. Established in 1885, the Museum features one of the country’s finest collections of Californian art, exceptional holdings of master drawings, a comprehensive collection of international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. The Crocker is located at 216 O Street in Downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday; 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Thursdays. Every Third Sunday of the month is “Pay What You Wish Sunday” sponsored by Bank of America. For more information, call (916) 808-7000 or visit crockerartmuseum.org.