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The Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fredi A Masterpiece Reconstructed

03/02/2012 to 05/27/2012
Curated by Bruce Boucher, Director and Francesca Fiorani, Guest Curator and Associate Professor, McIntire Department of Art

The University of Virginia Art Museum and the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) have been granted the opportunity of the loan of a major masterpiece of the Sienese Trecento: the Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fredi. The exhibition will reunite the surviving components of an altarpiece that was arguably Bartolo's great masterwork—the main panel, which has remained in Siena since its completion around 1380, and the portions of the predella from the Lindenau-Museum in Altenburg, Germany, and from UVaM.

The exhibition will offer an exceptional occasion for faculty, students, and the community at large to study a major Italian altarpiece, its complex history, its original location, and its missing components. After centuries of disruption, the painting will be reconstituted here and subsequently at MOBIA in New York City. An international symposium on Bartolo di Fredi and Sienese painting of his time will be held to mark the exhibition in April 2012 in Charlottesville.

This exhibition is in partnership with the Museum of Biblical Art, New York, and is made possible through the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, the Robert Lehman Foundation, private donors, Albemarle Magazine, The Hook, and Ivy Publications LLC's Charlottesville Welcome Book.

Spring 2012