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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Harvard Art Museums : Room 2540

Harvard Art Museums – Room 2540

Art From Us, Museum Guide #878

Art From Us presents a must-see Museum Guide daily, where we showcase specific artworks in specific museums – from across the globe. Today, for Art From Us, Museum Guide #878 the spotlight is on the Harvard Art Museums’ Room 2540. Showcasing a collection of The Renaissance.

The three works in focus are :

Saint Jerome in his Study, Joos van Cleve, 1521
Friar Angelo Ferretti as Saint Peter Martyr, Lorenzo Lotto, 1549
Saint Jerome in his Study, Matteo di Giovanni, 1482

The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide #877

According to the digital catalogue of the Harvard Art Museums :

“Conventions associated with earlier religious art, such as the triptych format for altarpieces, remained, and many artists took as much inspiration from the natural world as they did from antiquity. The works on display here reveal a growing appreciation for landscape painting…This period also witnessed the slow disappearance of artistic guilds and the increased emphasis on personal style…”

Following the rediscovery of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture, European artists began to draw inspiration from these. Religious and mythological references became commonplace in art of this era. In addition to this however, artists were also largely influenced by their travels to different lands, and the tastes and preferences of their foreign patrons. The spectacle of unfamiliar landscapes also impacted European artists.

The disappearance of the artistic guild would imply that patrons demanded original artworks made by the artistic herself. In guilds, it was common practice for a celebrated artist to train apprentices who would help her complete commissions. The works produced were therefore created collaboratively, even though the smaller artists were never credited. In this era, however, the practice changed.

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