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ArtBreak: Past Series

 

ArtBreak 2021-2022: Celebrating the Landmarks

From providential start to creative adaptations to surprising future plans, M&G’s 70-year existence reveals a consistent focus and mission rooted in our history. Gain further insight to an internationally respected collection from a variety of speakers to understand the M&G of tomorrow—a museum intentionally designed to serve students of all ages and enrich the whole person—mind, heart, and soul.

We hosted six speakers, but were only able to record and transfer four into video from the series. Click on the banner above to view the series.

 

 

ArtBreak 2020-2021: An M&G Podcast Series

During Covid19 isolation, M&G adapted our monthly ArtBreak to a different format—a podcast to enjoy on any personal break!  Like our normal in-person lunch and lecture construct, you’ll hear various M&G staff members and guests for each, roughly 35-minute program—in the comfort and safety of your own surroundings. Click on the banner above to listen to the diverse voices and perspectives toward various art topics.

M&G Objects on Loan

Every year M&G loans works from its collection to participate in various exhibitions around the world. Peruse the list below and consider visiting the exhibitions to learn more about the world of Old Masters and the museum field. Plus, you can view portions of M&G’s collection on campus here.

St. Joseph and the Christ ChildCarlo Francesco Nuvolone (attr. to)

Elijah Fed by RavensRafel Govertsz. Camphuysen

The Christ of DerisionPhilippe de Champaigne

Christ and the Syrophoenician WomanGiovanni Coli and Filippo Gherardi, called Sancasciani

The Repentant St. PeterCarlo Dolci

St. John the EvangelistDomenico Zampieri, called Il Domenichino

Joseph Interpreting the Dreams of Pharaoh’s Butler and BakerGerbrand van den Eeckhout

Solomon’s Prayer for WisdomGovaert Flinck

Christ Disputing with the EldersRutilio di Lorenzo Manetti (attr. to)

St. Peter Denying ChristChristoph Paudiss

Christ at the Pool of BethesdaJean Restout

Moses at the Burning BushJacopo Vignali

King David Playing the HarpSimon Vouet

Bust of ChristJohn Hutchison

Ponder Anew: Baroque Masterworks from the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University

Lenz Gallery, First Presbyterian Church

Opening early 2023 (changed from October 2022)

 

Madonna of the Lake Marco d’Oggiono

North Carolina Museum of Art

October 8, 2022 – August 15, 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Michael the Archangel Overcoming SatanJosé Antolínez

The Heavenly ShepherdBartolomé Esteban Murillo

The Martyrdom of St. AndrewBartolomé Esteban Murillo

Ecce HomoPedro Orrente

St. Catherine of Alexandria Appearing to the Family of St. BonaventuraFrancisco de Herrera, the Elder

The AnnunciationFrancisco de Zurbarán

Power & Piety in 17th Century Spanish Art

Georgia Museum of Art

Available until November 26, 2023

 

 

 

Various M&G antiquities: including Roman glass, Jewish marriage contract, and Babylonian cuneiform cylinders.

Museum of the Bible (Washington, DC)

 

 

Collection on View

View Paintings from the Museum & Gallery Old Master Collection

While the Museum & Gallery is closed to the public and unable to offer public viewing hours, we continue removing the collection in preparation for moving to a new building and new location. Meanwhile, you can still see selected masterworks on display in these campus locations:

 

Gustafson Fine Arts Center: Atrium

Public Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM or by tour request

Luther’s Journey:  Experience the History commemorates Luther’s posting his 95 Theses—an act that changed the world.  His probing questions about man’s ultimate purpose, potential, and place in the world are still central to our own time and culture.  Luther’s life journey reminds us that ordinary people can be used by God to inspire extraordinary and enduring change.

 

War Memorial Chapel

Open only by appointment or tour request

The Benjamin West Collection
The seven paintings that hang in the War Memorial Chapel constitute the largest assemblage today of works by Benjamin West, the father of American painting.

 

Watch This!

Through the years, M&G has developed topical videos to support the educational themes of our diverse exhibitions and outreaches.  Enjoy learning about the people of the past through these varied glimpses.

Joseph: The Favored Son
Moses: The Hope of Israel
The High Renaissance: Raphael
The High Renaissance: Leonardo da Vinci
The High Renaissance: Michelangelo
The Brownings: Part 1
The Brownings: Part 2
Why Do We Create?
Why Do We Collect?
Sharing Art-Related Memories
The Continuing Victorian Narrative: Gentlemen
The Continuing Victorian Narrative: Conan Doyle & Henry Irving
The Continuing Victorian Narrative: Women
The Continuing Victorian Narrative: Caroline Norton & Angela Burdett-Coutts
The Continuing Victorian Narrative: Florence Nightingale
The Continuing Victorian Narrative: Darwin & Intelligent Design
The Charleston Silver Lady
The Continuing Victorian Narrative: Theatre of the Mind
The Continuing Victorian Narrative: Inspiring Character
The Continuing Victorian Narrative: Lightbearers
The Continuing Victorian Narrative: Charles Dickens Social Realism Novels
The Continuing Victorian Narrative: A Christmas Carol
Frederic James Shields: The Pre-Raphaelites
Symbols in Religious Art: The Four Apostles
Symbols in Religious Art: Prominent Bible Characters
Symbols in Religious Art: Attributes of the Martyrs
Symbols in Religious Art: Earthly Saints and Heavenly Spirits
Symbols in Religious Art: Representations of Deity
The Life of Martin Luther
The Art of Sleuthing: Conservation
Ten Most Forged Artists
Han van Meegeren: Part 1
Han van Meegeren: Part 2
Han van Meegeren: Part 3
Lost Art: The Cassirer Family
Lost Art: The Bendel Family
Lost Art: The Bloch-Bauer Family
Landmark Case of Nazi-Looted Art: The Discovery
Landmark Case of Nazi-Looted Art: Authentication
Landmark Case of Nazi-Looted Art: Verdict
Mannerism: An Introduction
Mannerism: Characteristics
Mannerism: Conclusion
Baroque Art: Introduction
Baroque Art: Prominent Schools
Baroque Art: Stylistic Scope
Baroque Art: Conclusion

A Closer Look

Take a closer look at objects in the collection to discover fascinating details in the materials, narrative, or artists. Each clip will help you better understand the past as well as enjoy the objects in M&G’s collection.

Picture Books of the Past: Pieter Fransz. de Grebber
Picture Books of the Past: Lorenzo di Niccolo di Martino
Picture Books of the Past: Unknown Follower of Paolo Caliari, called Paolo Veronese
Picture Books of the Past: Antonio del Castillo y Saavedra
Picture Books of the Past: Carlo Dolci
Allegory on the Fall and Redemption of Man: Lucas Cranach, the Younger
The Risen Christ: Gerard David
Madonna and Child with Saints: Niccolò di Pietro Gerini
Antonio Checchi (called Guidaccio da Imola): The Coronation of the Virgin
Jacopo Robusti (called Il Tintoretto): The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon
Rembrandt van Rijn (school of): Head of Christ
David de Haen: The Mocking of Christ
Jan Boeckhorst: Adoration of the Magi
Jan Victors: Esther Accusing Haman
Eyre Crowe: Wittenberg, October 31, 1517
Francesco Fracanzano: The Tribulation of Job
Giovanni Antonio Bazzi: Procession to Calvary
Domenico Fiasella: The Flight into Egypt
French Stained Glass: The Fountain of Life
Christ the Redeemer: Paris Bordone
Madonna and Child: Master of the Greenville Tondo
John the Baptist: Polychromed Sculpture
Gaspar de Crayer: St. Augustine & St. Ambrose
Edwin Long: Vashti Refuses the King’s Summons
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Inspiration
Govaert Flinck: Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom
Simon Vouet: Salome with the Head of John the Baptist
Francesco Granacci: Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, called Sandro Botticelli (and studio): Madonna and Child with an Angel
Jusepe de Ribera: Ecce Homo
Gustave Doré: Christ Leaving the Praetorium
Girolamo Della Robbia: Terracotta Busts
Mattia Preti: Christ Seats the Child in the Midst of the Disciples
Peter Paul Rubens: Christ on the Cross
Cassone: Renaissance Marriage Chest
Francesco de Rosa: The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence
Guido Reni: The Four Evangelists
Geritt van Honthorst: The Holy Family in the Carpenter Shop
Francois de Troy: Christ and the Samaritan Woman
Francesco Cavazzoni: Legend of the Finding of the True Cross
Giovanni Filippo Criscuolo (attr. to): The Last Judgment
Stefano Cernotto (attr. to): The Last Supper
Salvator Rosa: Landscape with the Baptism of Christ
Domenico Zampieri: St. John the Evangelist
Jaun de Flandes: St. Augustine and St.Roch
Jan Hermansz. van Bijlert: Mary Magdalene Turning from the World to Christ
Anthony van Dyck: Mother of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa)
Jan Swart: Nativity Triptych
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History in Pictures

Art is a record of ideas and messages from the past by reflecting its own time and culture. Sometimes art’s culture is foreign to our own experiences and understanding today, which requires a translation in order for us to grasp the meaning of its intent and the significance in its time. Listen and learn about works of art and their context from M&G’s collection and others—it’s an opportunity to view the world beyond your twenty-first-century perspective and experience.

 

Juan Sanchez, the Younger
Denys Calvaert, called Dionisio Fiammingo
Mario Balassi
Hebrew Demi Omer
Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem
Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Sébastien Bourdon
Giovanni Coli and Filippo Gherardi
Procession to Calvary
Torah Scroll
Gerrit van Honthorst
Scenes from the Life of Christ
St. Nicholas, the Wonderworker
1965 Gala Opening for M&G
Reliquary Head of a Monk
Ginevra Cantofoli
Michail Nicholaievich Molodeshin
Pompeo Batoni
William Hamilton, R.A.
Jan Gossaert, called Mabuse (attr. to)
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (school of)
Louis XVI Musical Mantel Clock
Peter Paul Rubens (follower of)
Jacopo Robusti, called Il Tintoretto
Two Angels with Banner
Domenico Zampieri, called Il Domenichino
Anthony van Dyck
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
Louis Comfort Tiffany
Benjamin West, P.R.A.
Carlo Francesco Nuvolone
Carlo Dolci
Peter Carl Fabergé
Vasiliy Fedotovich Il’in
Edwin Long, R. A.
Hezekiah Tapestry Series
Master of the Borghese Tondo
John Koch
Bone Casket
Rutilio di Lorenzo Manetti
Richard Houston (engraver)
Salvator Rosa
Pietro Novelli
Johann Friedrich Overbeck
Benjamin West, P. R. A.
Albrecht Dürer
Gaspar de Crayer
Lucas Cranach, the Younger
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Object of the Month: December 2022

The Virgin Annunciate and The Archangel Gabriel

Oil on canvas, Monogrammed: AV (lower left)

Andrea Vaccaro

Neapolitan, c 1605-1670

Andrea Vaccaro initially trained with the mannerist artist Girolamo Imparato, but was influenced by several other prominent artists of the time: Stanzione, Reni, Ribera, and van Dyck as well as the early Neapolitan Caravaggisti. During his lifetime he was in demand for church altarpieces, public works, and private commissions by the wealthy. According to historian Anna Kiyomi Tuck-Scala, he was elected “first prefetto of the renewed Corporation of Painters” in Naples in 1665, making “him a model religious painter of the period.”

Vaccaro’s pendant paintings portray the moment that the angel Gabriel announces that God has chosen Mary to be the Messiah’s earthly mother, a role that had been aspired to by countless Jewish maidens since the Fall of Man. Traditionally addressed by Gabriel in her bedchamber, Mary is usually reading Scripture, doing needlework. The angel often brings white lilies, signifying Mary’s purity.

Here Vaccaro instead focuses on the two actors. Since the Messiah is God’s Son come to earth to redeem humanity through His life, death, and resurrection, Vaccaro presents His mother as both exquisitely beautiful and devout. The sculptural smoothness of her face and neck, the delicate skin tones and the rich jewel colors of her attire combine to portray her as the ideal daughter of Israel. Though her upraised left hand betrays her startlement, her face remains serene. Being found at her devotions shows a spirit as lovely as her figure. Perhaps she is reading the book of Isaiah where the prophecy of the Messiah’s coming is given? Gabriel’s reverent facial expression reveals him to be cognizant of his role—and his news.

While the figures are on separate canvases, the single light source and the chiaroscuro so associated with Caravaggio unite them in submission to God’s will: he as messenger, Mary as handmaid of the Lord. The earthly and heavenly come together, pre-figuring the Incarnation itself.

Similar works are also attributed to Vaccaro. The Ackland Art Museum at Chapel Hill has a more “standard” Gabriel who holds a stalk of lilies. His hands are the long-fingered Mannerist hands of Vaccaro’s early training. Artnet’s version of Mary’s portrait appears to use the same model as M&G’s, but the addition of the neck drape on M&G’s Mary creates a more elegant, idealized portrait.

The treatment of both Marys’ hands is intriguing. The left hands are similarly posed, but the right hand of Mary in the M&G’s collection (see above) is much fleshier, contrasting with the elongated fingers of the left. According to Riccardo Lattuada, Vaccaro used his monogram (clearly seen on Mary’s book) only during his “first mature stage, 1636-1640.” Perhaps the contrasting hands indicate the artist’s transition from his mannerist roots. If as Marchesa Vittoria Colonna suggests that “contemplation of religious paintings . . .  encourage[s] meditation on the kingdom of heaven,” these companion works by Vaccaro indeed picture a beautiful moment in the history of the world—and of eternity—to ponder.

 

Dr. Karen Rowe Jones

M&G Board Member & volunteer

 Sources Cited:

Marchesa Vittoria Colonna, Marchesa Vittoria. The Bob Jones University Collection of Religious Paintings, 1962.

Lattuada, Riccardo. “Andrea Vaccaro’s David and an Outline of Vaccaro’s Early Career,” MUSE. 2017, vol. 51, pp. 45-69.

Tuck-Scala, Anna Kiyomi. “The Documented Paintings and Life of Andrea Vaccaro (1604-1670),” 2003.

M&G Coloring Pages

For students of ALL ages: click and print the coloring sheet, then find inspiration in the Old Master’s original to create your own version!  Share your work with others on social media and tag the Museum & Gallery!  

Esther Accusing Haman by Jan Victors, Dutch (1619–after 1676)

For a printable coloring sheet click HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Heavenly Shepherd by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spanish (1617–1682)

For a printable coloring sheet click HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Sold into Bondage by His Brethren by Giovanni Battista Carlone, Genoese (1603–1684)

For a printable coloring sheet click HERE. 

 

Rest on the Flight to Egypt by Francesco Granacci, Florentine (1469–1543)

For a printable coloring sheet click HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madonna of the Chair by Unknown (copy of Raphael)

For a printable coloring sheet click HERE

Think on These Things

Due to COVID-19, our regular routines and social interactions have been disrupted. However, in the face of change and the unknown, what our minds dwell on becomes critical. While beauty has always mattered in our lives, perhaps it shows itself all the more valuable and significant in a crisis. Pause to reflect on a few, beautiful images and ideas represented in M&G’s Collection—things worthy of our thinking.

Whatsoever Things Are… True: St. Paul
Whatsoever Things Are… True: Christ and the Samaritan Woman
Whatsoever Things Are… Honorable: Ananias Restores Sight to Saul
Whatsoever Things Are… Honorable: The Good Samaritan
Whatsoever Things Are… Just: St. Michael the Archangel and St. Agnes
Whatsoever Things Are… Just: Triumphal Entry
Whatsoever Things Are… Just: The Last Supper
Whatsoever Things Are… Just: The Man of Sorrows
Whatsoever Things Are… Just: Painted Crucifix
Whatsoever Things Are… Pure: The Risen Christ
Whatsoever Things Are… Pure: Christ Blessing
Whatsoever Things Are… Lovely: The Heavenly Shepherd
Whatsoever Things Are… Lovely: Christ Healing the Blind Man
Whatsoever Things Are… Commendable: Christ and the Roman Centurion
Whatsoever Things Are… Commendable: The Tribulation of Job
Whatsoever Things Are… Excellent: Mary Magdalene Turning from the World to Christ
Whatsoever Things Are… Excellent: Isaiah’s Lips Anointed with Fire
Whatsoever Things Are… Worthy of Praise: King David Playing the Harp
Whatsoever Things Are… Worthy of Praise: God the Father

From the Director

Since M&G closed its two museum sites in February 2017, we’ve busily pursued some creative ideas and valuable feedback about the Old Master collection and M&G’s re-opening.  Watch the most recent video to follow our updates and learn about M&G’s focus and next steps in our service to you!