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15th-17th century European prints will be displayed at the UI Museum
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will display
"15th-17th Century European Prints From the Permanent Collection"
in the museum's Works on Paper Gallery Sept. 19-Oct. 25.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Valerie Hedquist, associate professor
of art at Central College in Pella, will give a free lecture and gallery
tour at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 as part of the museum's weekly Perspectives
The exhibition will include rare examples of prints by renowned masters
Rembrandt, Van Dyke, Pieter Bruegel the elder and Albrecht Duerer, as well
as works by the lesser-known artists Martin Schongauer, Stephano Della
Bella and Adriaen van Ostade. Three new acquisitions will also be shown,
"Temptation of St. Anthony" by Jacques Callot, "Noah's Ark"
by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione and "Drunken Silenus" by Jusepe
Printmaking began in the mid-15th century with the invention of engraving
and movable type. Print shops appeared soon after and began producing vast
amounts of wood-cut-illustrated books and broadsheets to meet the demands
of a public captivated by an accessible and affordable medium. Prints were
produced in editions and were less expensive than unique paintings. Consequently
their ownership was not restricted to the wealthy. Books, cards and single
prints quickly spread throughout Europe, permitting an exchange of stylistic
and technical ideas.
Early artists' prints depicted primarily religious subjects, but over
time the range of imagery grew to encompass secular images including landscapes
and scenes of everyday life. Ranging from portraits to maps, prints documented
how things looked. They also reproduced paintings, imparted moral values
and expressed points of view.
Kathleen Edwards, curator of prints, drawings and photographs at the
UI Museum of Art, said, "the museum has an extensive collection of
prints that aren't often on view. But aside from being a chance to view
rare, old master prints, this exhibition is the perfect opportunity for
museum patrons to trace the evolution of printmaking from its very beginning
in 15th-century Europe all the way through to the 17th century."
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots
across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni
Center, which is just north of the museum.
M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor
for the 1998-99 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the
University of Iowa Foundation.