Caravaggio's painting 'The Musicians'

Hot on the heels of the NGA’s recent ‘Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London’, the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) hosts ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York‘. The exhibition opened on Saturday July 12 and runs until 17 October 2021.

Spanning 500 years of European visual art, the exhibition offers a journey from the early Renaissance of the 1420s to the height of early twentieth-century Post-Impressionism. It includes works by painters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Turner, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, and Monet, direct from The Met’s collection, one of the finest collections of European painting in the world, the majority of which rarely leave permanent display in New York.

Highlights of the exhibition include: Fra Angelico’s finely painted altarpiece The Crucifixion (c. 1420–23); Titian’s poetic Venus and Adonis of the 1550s; the immediacy and drama of Caravaggio’s The Musicians (1597); Rembrandt’s painterly Flora of c.1654; Vermeer’s beautifully observed Allegory of the Catholic Faith (c.1670-72); and van Gogh’s idyllic The Flowering Orchard of1888.

‘European Masterpieces’ includes portraiture, still-life, landscape and figure studies and will be a must-see for audiences of all ages, art-lovers and anyone with an interest in history, society, beauty, religious iconography, mythology and symbolism.

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