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Madonna and Child by Andrea del Sarto

The exhibit Revisiting the Italian Renaissance: Painting and Sculpture from the Allentown Art Museum will run Feb. 5-March 26 in the Williams Center Gallery.

Diane Cole Ahl, Rothkopf Professor of Art History and exhibition curator, and J. Brooks Joyner, Priscilla Payne Hurd President and CEO of the Allentown Art Museum, will discuss the exhibit at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in Williams Center room 108. A reception will follow in the gallery.

On loan from the museum’s Samuel H. Kress Collection, the exhibition celebrates art from the Renaissance—an age of piety, humanist recovery of the classical world, global exploration, trade between Europe and the East, and a new appreciation of art and its creators. The works demonstrate the development of Renaissance art from its origins in the 14th century through its culmination in the 16th century.

The Standard Bearer by Dosso Dossi

From dramatic sacred narratives and pious images that magnified religious devotion to the worldly display of aristocrats and naval commanders in vibrant portraits, these splendid works reveal the rich visual culture of Renaissance Italy. Much of the art was produced in major centers of the Renaissance—Florence, Venice, and the illustrious Este court in Ferrara—as well as Brescia, Lodi, Mantua, and Rimini, cities that were well known in their day. They include paintings by Paolo Uccello, Dosso Dossi, and Domenico Tintoretto; a bronze statuette recently attributed to Marcantonio da Ravenna; and a magnificent engraving by Giovanni Battista Scultori exemplifying the new Renaissance medium of printmaking.

The exhibit is part of the 2011 Theodore Roethke Humanities Festival, which features lectures, concerts, and exhibitions under the theme of “The Renaissance Spirit.”

Williams Center Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon-5 p.m., and 7:30-9 p.m. on the evenings of public performances in the Williams Center. For more information, contact Michiko Okaya, director of Lafayette art galleries, at (610) 330-5361 or via email.

Exhibitions at the Williams Center Gallery are funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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