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Imagining Antiquity: Italianate Prints from the Langhorne Collection

03/10/2017 to 07/23/2017
Curated by Thomas M. Winters, Barringer-Lindner Curatorial Fellow

The eighteenth century, coincident with what is often termed the Age of Enlightenment, was a period of European history that witnessed a resurgence of an interest in antiquity, specifically in the culture of classical Rome. Wealthy, well-educated citizens of the European upper classes often cultivated their erudition by taking the Grand Tour, a journey that introduced them to the localities and to the antiquities of the Roman Empire. In the middle of the century, discoveries unearthed in the newly excavated sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum also stimulated fresh and keen interest in classical culture.

Naturally, the classical revival of the eighteenth-century impacted the realm of artistic production with the European societies that experienced it. This exhibition, which showcases a collection of prints recently gifted to the Museum and now on public display for the first time, explores a range of artistic responses to this cultural phenomenon, from the depiction of both contemporary and historical landscapes, to Neoclassical visualizations of ancient mythologies and historical events, to images that speak to the rise of antiquarianism.

The Fralin Museum of Art’s programming is generously supported by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

We would also like to thank our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC’s Charlottesville Welcome Book.

Spring 2017

Museum Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm 
Friday: 10 am – 8 pm (Please note: the museum will open to the public at 1 pm on Friday, December 9.)
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

The museum is closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.