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Description of Pictures: Art of Devotion
European Art: Devotion (1300 – 1800)
From the Early Medieval era to the Renaissance and Baroque eras, a large part of artistic production in Europe was in the service of the Roman Catholic Church. Religious institutions commissioned artists and architects to build and decorate places of worship, from cathedrals to monasteries and hospitals. Monarchs and wealthy nobility also employed artists to paint devotional works for domestic settings and design altarpieces for family chapels at parish churches. Devotional images could be intensely personal, like Federico Barocci’s Madonna or Pieter Claeissens’s Virgin of Sorrows with a Family of Donors.
The emergence of the Protestant Reformation, and the subsequent Counter Reformation of the Catholic Church, proved the most momentous turn of events for the development of religious art in Europe and the Americas. The Council of Trent put the Church’s unified strategy into writing in 1563 to stem the flow of worshippers (and entire nations) to Protestantism. The Council stated that the visual arts should educated through narrative clarity, engage the viewer emotionally, and delight the sense to inspire devotion.
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SDMADE_170724_001.JPG: European Art
SDMADE_170724_004.JPG: El Greco
The Penitent Saint Peter, ca 1590-95
SDMADE_170724_012.JPG: Juan de Valdez Leal
The Visitation, 1673
SDMADE_170724_016.JPG: Vincenzo Catena
Holy Family with Saint Anne, c 1515
SDMADE_170724_025.JPG: Bernardino Luini
The Conversion of the Magdalene, or, An Allegory of Modesty and Vanity, ca 1520
SDMADE_170724_033.JPG: Bartolome Esteban Murillo
The Penitent Magdalene, c 1650-55
SDMADE_170724_036.JPG: Jusepe de Ribera
Saint James the Lesser, c 1632
SDMADE_170724_039.JPG: Antonio de Bellis
David with the Head of Goliath, c 1642-43
SDMADE_170724_045.JPG: Juan de Pareja
Christ Served by Angels, c 1660
SDMADE_170724_049.JPG: Unknown Artist
The Penitent Magdalene, c 1620
SDMADE_170724_053.JPG: Francisco de Zurbaran
Saint Francis in Prayer in a Grotto, c 1650-55
SDMADE_170724_057.JPG: Francisco de Zurbaran
Agnus Dei (The Lamb of God), c 1635-40
SDMADE_170724_061.JPG: Francisco de Zurbaran
Saint Jerome, c 1640-45
SDMADE_170724_064.JPG: Bartolome Bermejo
The Arrest of Saint Engracia, c 1477
SDMADE_170724_069.JPG: Luca Signorelli
The Coronation of the Virgin, 1508
SDMADE_170724_077.JPG: Pseudo-Pier Francisco Fiorentino
Madonna of the Roses, c 1485-90
SDMADE_170724_084.JPG: Carlo Crivelli
Madonna and Child, c 1468
SDMADE_170724_088.JPG: Martin Bernat
The Crucifixion, c 1480-90
SDMADE_170724_092.JPG: El Greco
The Adoration of the Shepherds, c 1576
SDMADE_170724_097.JPG: Pieter Claeissens I
Virgin of Sorrows with Donors, c 1564
SDMADE_170724_101.JPG: Pietro Perugino and Workshop
Saint Jerome in the Wilderness, c 1510-15
God the Father with Angels, c 1328-35
SDMADE_170724_109.JPG: Giovanni Bonsi
Saint Nicholas of Bari, c 1360-65
SDMADE_170724_114.JPG: Giuliano Bugiardini
Madonna and Child with the Young Saint John and Angels, c 1505-10
SDMADE_170724_119.JPG: Fra Angelico
Madonna and Child with Saints, c 1411-13
SDMADE_170724_124.JPG: Sano di Pietro
Saint Catherine of Siena, c 1450-60
SDMADE_170724_128.JPG: Sano di Pietro
Saint Sabinus (?), c 1450-60
SDMADE_170724_133.JPG: Master of Saint Nicholas
Saint John the Evangelist, c 1475
SDMADE_170724_138.JPG: Juan Sanchez Cotan
Saint Sebastian, after 1603
SDMADE_170724_144.JPG: Federico Barocci
Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist, 1565-70
SDMADE_170724_150.JPG: Bartholomeus Spranger
Christ as the Man of Sorrows, c 1580
SDMADE_170724_160.JPG: Pedro de Mena
San Diego of Alcala, c 1665
SDMADE_170724_167.JPG: Alonso Cano
Christ Blessing the Host, c 1653-57
SDMADE_170724_172.JPG: Fray Miguel de Herrera
Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, c 1770
SDMADE_170724_179.JPG: Juan de Mesa y Velasco and Workshop
Christ Child Triumphant, c 1625
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Wikipedia Description: San Diego Museum of Art
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The San Diego Museum of Art opened as the Museum of Fine Arts on February 28, 1926. The funders turned over ownership of the building to the City of San Diego. It is located in Balboa Park. The museum building was designed by architect William Templeton Johnson.
The Museum's collections are encyclopedic in nature, with pieces ranging in date from 5,000 B.C. to 2001 A.D. The museum's strength is in Spanish works by Murillo, Zurbarán, Ribera and El Greco.
There is a small eclectic Asian art gallery, a couple Impressionist era paintings, some Georgia O'Keefes (although these are not always on display) and a number of interesting modern pieces.
Additionally, they have works by Italian masters Giorgione, Giotto, Veronese, Luini and Canaletto. Works by Rubens, Hals and van Dyck represent the Northern European School.
The museum regularly hosts touring exhibits and has lately been working to display its standard collection in new ways (including an upstairs gallery discussing information which can be gathered by looking on the back of the canvas).
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