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European Splendors: Highlights from the Kress Collection
Online and on view through January 1, 2023
Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia, South Carolina

“European Splendors” offers a chance to re-experience the CMA’s Kress Collection — largely off view since 2017 — in a luxurious new way. Featuring an exciting arc of Italian art from the late medieval to the Baroque period shown alongside apothecary mortars and furniture pieces, this exhibition explores the renewed emphasis on the human condition and individualism within religious art and culminates in stunning examples of Dutch portraiture and still life. Italian landscapes by Bernardo Bellotto and Giovanni Paolo Pannini illustrate the impulse to bring a piece of history home from one’s Grand Tour as well as the 18th-century mania for Greco-Roman ruins.

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[Image: Pieter Claesz (Dutch), 1597-1661; Still Life, 1657; oil on oak panel]