Giorgio Vasari and Court Culture in Late Renaissance Italy


The focus of this exhibition is the Spencer’s small, but important, Giorgio Vasari painting on panel depicting Christ Carrying the Cross (circa 1554-64). Best known as the author of the Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (1550, 1568) (a compilation of artist biographies that was among the first of its kind) Vasari was also a successful painter and architect. The exhibition celebrates and investigates the place the Christ Carrying the Cross occupies within Vasari's career and sixteenth-century Florentine and Roman court culture. Additionally, it brings together the painted and printed images that inspired the panel, while also exploring Vasari’s relationship with Michelangelo. In addition to those objects and images, a number of rare, printed books from the University of Kansas’ Spencer Research Library and loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery underscore the significance of a local treasure for the first time since it entered the University of Kansas’ art collection in 1953.

Event details:

  • Ongoing until Sunday, December 9, 2012
  • Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Miss., KU campus, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit: All ages


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