Gonzaga University’s Jundt Museum of Art is hosting two new exhibitions for the spring semester: “Revisited: A Grand Tour: Images of Italy from the Permanent Collection” and “From the Collection: The Bible in Art.”

These two exhibitions offer anyone who walks through the door an invitation to step back in time and explore biblical and Italian art.

Although both exhibits are drawn exclusively from GU’s art collection, both exhibits still feature works by some of the most renowned artists in art history, including sketches by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, tints paintings by Salvador Dali and an oil painting by Andy Warhol. .

These artistic masterpieces, in addition to the more than 60 pieces that make up the two exhibits, will take viewers on a journey that is both educational and spiritual, one that will compel them to ponder their own thoughts about the human nature present in the world. ‘art.

“Art is a place where these other ideas – religion, identity, ethnicity, race, economics, understandings and meanings of landscape – all intersect,” said Paul Manoguerra, curator and director of the Jundt Art Museum. “When you begin to understand a work of art, then you gain a greater understanding of what it means to be a human being.”

Both collections consist exclusively of Gonzaga’s art collection.

“From the Collection: The Bible in Art,” which has been in the planning stages for more than two years, has all of these themes. The exhibit features an artistic depiction of scenes from the Bible, and the art is organized to match the timeline of this religious text.

The variety of works of art presented in the exhibition – from sketches by Rembrandt, such as “Christ Driving the Moneychangers from the Temple”, to Dali’s colorful depiction of the resurrection of Jesus, to an abstract interpretation of “The Song of Solomon” by German artist Paul Wunderlich – all of the works in “From the Collection: The Bible in Art” depict important themes and ideas that are important to examine, Manogerra said.


Both collections consist exclusively of Gonzaga’s art collection.

“Even without the religious aspect, the Bible is the most published and widely read book in English in the world, and so just from a subject matter perspective, being culturally literate, it would be the kind of exhibit that would be interesting with these themes,” Manoguerra said. “These issues resonate even if you’re not a Christian.

“Revisited: The Grand Tour: Images of Italy from the Permanent Collection”, also takes viewers on a spiritual and educational journey, showcasing depictions of the serene landscapes and classical architecture that are common to this entire peninsula boot.

The exhibition, which features art dating from 1575 to modern times, is inspired by artworks produced by artists during what is known as the Grand Tour. Thanks to this tradition, artists visited Italy after completing their art studies and painted the landscapes and buildings they saw abroad.

With the many different locations, the exhibition allows viewers to take a tour through the beautiful country and see the landscape through the eyes of these artists. A gallery guide, designed by Manoguerra, is much like a tourist guide one would use to explore Italy itself.

For Karen Kaiser, curator of education at the Jundt Art Museum, understanding a place, its rich history and its beauty has been lost. She hopes “Revisited: The Grand Tour: Images of Italy from the Permanent Collection” will encourage people to be curious about places and explore them.

“I hope [the viewers] have fun and give yourself plenty of time to read the text,” Kaiser said. “Paul [has] worked very hard to create these small thumbnails, so that the viewer has general information about the artist, the place [and] the people who would participate in this Grand Tour.

With such depictions of landscapes as Andy Warhol’s modern Vesuvius painting, combined with images of Italian architecture such as Luigi Rossini’s etchings or Irving Amen’s abstract depiction of Pisa, Kaiser believes viewers will see a new side to Italy other than the famous landmarks of the country.

Kaiser and Manoguerra encourage everyone to come to this museum and see the variety of artwork displayed in these two exhibits. They said walking through both exhibits will be an enriching experience, allowing people to connect with the artwork and their own humanity.

“[I am excited for the viewers to be able to] connect with ideas, artists, their expressions and individual works of art and just the particular opportunity for that [Italian] the exhibition is open again,” said Manoguerra. “Every object on display belongs to GU. It is an opportunity to discover the cultural heritage that the university preserves through the art that is in the collection.

Both exhibits opened last Saturday and will remain on display until May 7.

Noah Apprill-Sokol is editor.


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