About the Exhibition

Out of the Kress Vaults: Women in Sacred Renaissance Painting explores representations of femininity and virtue in Italian Renaissance paintings of the Virgin Mary, female saints, and nuns. Ranging from small, devotional images intended for the highly gendered spaces of the Renaissance home, to large altarpieces originally on display in churches, these artworks intertwine depictions of idealized beauty with messages of virtue and piety, presenting these women as models of virtue and devotion for emulation – and admiration – by their Renaissance viewers.

This exhibition is the first in the museum’s history to be co-curated with Fairfield University students. Taking inspiration from two paintings of the Madonna and Child in the museum’s own Samuel H. Kress Collection, students in Dr. Michelle DiMarzo’s art history seminar developed the exhibition by examining Kress collections at other institutions, with an emphasis on works typically held in storage. Lenders to the exhibition include the National Gallery of Art, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami.

With generous funding from the Humanities Institute (Fairfield University) and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Image: El Greco, The Holy Family with Saint Anne and the Infant John the Baptist, ca. 1595-1600, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1959.9.4

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Events listed below with a location are live, in-person programs. When possible, those events will also be streamed on thequicklive.com and the recordings posted to our YouTube channel.

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Opening Night Lecture: Out of the Kress Vaults

Thursday, September 15, 5 p.m.

Michelle DiMarzo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Art History & Visual Culture and Curator of the exhibition
Bellarmine Hall, Diffley Board Room + streaming on thequicklive.com

Exhibition Opening Night Reception

Thursday, September 15, 6-8 p.m.

Bellarmine Hall Galleries and Great Hall

Musical Performance: Renaissance A cappella

Monday, September 19, 5 p.m.

Michael Ciavaglia, DMA, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
Co-sponsored by the Music Program

Art in Focus: El Greco, The Holy Family, ca. 1595-1600

Thursday, September 22, 11am (in person) and 12 noon (streaming)

Bellarmine Hall Galleries and streaming on thequicklive.com

Lecture: The Paintings Conservation Program of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Thursday, October 13, 5 p.m.

Dianne Dwyer Modestini, Clinical Professor for the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation at the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Bellarmine Hall, Diffley Board Room
Part of the Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation

Exhibition Tour: Out of the Kress Vaults: Women in Sacred Renaissance Painting

Saturday, October 15, 12 noon

Bellarmine Hall Galleries

Lecture: The Tondo Tradition in Renaissance Painting

Tuesday, October 18, 5 p.m.

Kim Butler Wingfield, PhD, Associate Professor of Arts, American University
Bellarmine Hall, Diffley Board Room + streaming on thequicklive.com
Part of the Edwin L. Weisl, Jr. Lectureships in Art History, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation

Exhibition Tour: Out of the Kress Vaults: Women in Sacred Renaissance Painting

Saturday, November 12, 12 noon

Bellarmine Hall Galleries

Art in Focus: Battista and Dosso Dossi, The Flight into Egypt, ca. 1520-30

Thursday, November 17, 11 a.m. (in person) and 12 noon (streaming)

Bellarmine Hall Galleries and streaming on thequicklive.com

Exhibition Tour: Out of the Kress Vaults: Women in Sacred Renaissance Painting

Saturday, December 10, 12 noon

Bellarmine Hall Galleries

Family Day: Mothers and Children in Renaissance Art

Saturday, December 10

Art in Focus: After Michelangelo, Pitti Tondo, plaster cast

Thursday, December 15, 11 a.m. (in person) and 12 noon (streaming)

Bellarmine Hall Galleries and streaming on thequicklive.com

Additional Information

Bellarmine Hall Galleries and Walsh Gallery Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. We are closed for national and university holidays and during inclement weather.

Location:

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Parking:

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