Gilded Glory: European Treasures from the Martin D'Arcy Collection
A little-known gem of Chicago's museum scene, the Martin D'Arcy Collection is one of the finest collections of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art in the Midwest. Installed in dramatic galleries, the collection contains primarily three-dimensional pieces. Stunning ivories, enamels and painted sculpture feature among the collection's most important medieval objects. The Renaissance collection is particularly strong in works specially commissioned to celebrate family events such as marriage and birth. Several paintings by masters such as Tintoretto and Bassano are painted on unusual surfaces, including copper and marble. Among the treasures from Baroque Europe are a commanding painting by Matthias Stomer, a follower of Caravaggio; a treasure chest (seen here) by leading German goldsmith Wenzel Jamnitzer; a mechanical clock; and a terracotta sculpture by Spain's first female court sculptor, Luisa Roldán.
Image: Wenzel Jamnitzer (German, 1508- 1585) Collector's Chest, ca. 1570. Gift of the Abbie Norman Prince Trust, the Frederick Henry Prince Trust, and Friends of the Gallery, 9-78
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