Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

From Raphael to Carracci: The Art of Papal Rome

Ottawa (Ontario) - February 23, 2009

A world exclusive at the National Gallery of Canada
May 29 to September 7, 2009

Discover rare and valuable works from 16th-century Rome and one of the most important periods in art history: the Italian Renaissance

Italian art takes centre stage this spring and throughout the summer at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC). The major exhibition From Raphael to Carracci: The Art of Papal Rome, is on view exclusively at the NGC from May 29 until September 7, 2009, and examines Renaissance Rome through a careful selection of 150 exceptional paintings and drawings. Presented by Sun Life Financial, the works assembled for this extraordinary exhibition are from a particularly ambitious and dramatic period of cultural history.

From Raphael to Carracci: The Art of Papal Rome is arranged chronologically, pope by pope, from Julius II to Clement VIII, revealing an amazing diversity and a stunning wealth of works created through the unique arts patronage of the Roman Catholic Church. Some of the most celebrated masters of Italian art, including Raphael, Michelangelo, Salviati, Vasari, and Barocci, are strongly represented. The show also features lesser-known but nonetheless superb artists, many of whom have only recently been appreciated for their skill and relevance to the history of art.

From Raphael to Carracci will also present a number of recent acquisitions by the NGC, including the remarkable work by Francesco Salviati Virgin and Child with Angel that was purchased in 2005 with to the support of the NGC Volunteer's Circle and the patrons of the NGC Foundation’s Renaissance Ball. In addition, an oil sketch by Cristoforo Roncalli for his altarpiece for Saint Peters will be displayed which is entitled The Death of Sapphira – a subject famously treated by Raphael.

“Many exhibitions have been held celebrating Renaissance art in Florence and Venice, but rarely has the period of the 16th century in Rome been given such prominence,” noted NGC director, Marc Mayer. “We are privileged to present From Raphael to Carracci to the Canadian public and international visitors because most of the works have never been displayed outside of Italy before or have appeared together in a single exhibition. I would also like to add that we are greatly indebted to the exhibition’s curator Dr. David Franklin, whose expertise has facilitated the realization of this exceptional exhibition, as well as to the lenders for their vision and generosity.”

“Sun Life Financial is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the National Gallery of Canada exhibit From Raphael to Carracci,” said Sun Life Financial Chief Executive Officer, Donald A. Stewart. “As a long-standing supporter of the arts in Canada, we welcome this opportunity to continue our partnership with the world-renowned National Gallery by presenting this unique collection of 16th-century art.”

From Raphael to Carracci: The Art of Papal Rome is designed as a sequel to the exhibition on Renaissance Florence held in Ottawa in 2005. The organizing committee, led by David Franklin, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the NGC, is composed of distinguished art historians including Rhoda Eitel-Porter, Sebastian Schütze, and Louis A. Waldman.

Web site
To prepare for your visit to the exhibition, click on www.gallery.ca/raphael to read about the Italian Renaissance and the outstanding artists of the period.

A richly illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. With contributions from more than forty Canadian and foreign scholars, the book presents much new information and previously unpublished discoveries. It will be on sale at the NGC Bookstore and at the Gallery’s virtual boutique, in late May.

A series of educational activities will provide visitors with a better appreciation of the works in the exhibition and place the exhibition in a broader context. Among others, there will be a symposium featuring experts on the Italian Renaissance.

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world. In addition, it has pre-eminent collections of Indigenous, Western and European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, American and Asian Art as well as drawings and photography. Created in 1880, it is among the oldest of Canada’s national, cultural institutions. As part of its mandate to make Canadian art accessible across the country, the NGC has one of the largest touring exhibition programs in North America.

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For more information, please contact:

Josée-Britanie Mallet
Senior Media and Public Relations Officer
National Gallery of Canada

Claire Schofield
Manager, Communications and Public Relations
National Gallery of Canada