Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe

February 15 – April 26, 2015

The economic growth that swept Europe during the 17th and 18th century fueled a golden age of painting. Religious upheavals transformed the way people thought about and utilized art. Technical aspects of art making were honed and codified, as art academies grew in power. The number of artists and the number of art collectors grew exponentially during this period, as the fine arts reached an increasingly wider audience. This exhibition features more than 70 major works by master painters from the renowned collection of The Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

Highlighting art from Italy, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, and England, this exhibit is comprised of brilliant portraits, religious paintings, landscapes, scenes of everyday life, still lifes, and interpretations of classical antiquity. Highlights include “The Princes of the Church Adoring the Eucharist” by Rubens and “Portrait of a Forty-Year-Old Woman” by Rembrandt. Also on view are works by Tiepolo, Gainsborough, Hogarth, van Dyck, Teniers, Jordaens, Tournier, Ruisdael, Mignard, Crespi, de Troy, Largillière, Boucher, Batoni, Panini and others. Some of these rare objects have never left Louisville since their acquisition by The Speed.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Corporate Sponsors:

Davidson Technologies

Exhibition Sponsors:

Alabama Tourism Department
The Olin B. King Foundation
The Jurenko Foundation
Jean Wessel Templeton
Dunagan Yates & Alison Plastic Surgery Center
Kord Technologies
Doris and Stan Minkinow
Dianne and Calame Sammons
Gerry and Virgil Schaffer
Peggy and Bob Serio
Jeanie and Bill Snoddy

Additional support provided by:
Alabama State Council on the Arts
Alabama Media Group
BBD Graphics
Women’s Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art