Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe
October 19, 2014 to January 04, 2015 in Auburn , AL
Tremendous changes swept Europe during the 200 years in which the art in this exhibition was produced. Religious upheavals changed the way people thought about and utilized art. Trade routes to faraway lands like China and India became more established, ensuring a steady stream of exotic goods for European consumers. Advances in the sciences transformed long held views on the way the universe worked and the place of humans within that universe. Technical aspects of art making were honed and codified, as art academies grew in number and power. These exciting times resulted in a golden age of European painting. The number of artists and the number of art collectors grew exponentially during this period, as the fine arts reached an increasingly wider audience. Comprised of the major genres of painting that were popular at this time—portraits, religious paintings, landscapes, scenes of everyday life, still lifes, and interpretations of classical antiquity—this exhibition illustrates both the people and the objects that made the two centuries between 1600 and 1800 such a rich cultural age. Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe has been organized by the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky.