This fall, the Museum will open the first exhibition in the
United States devoted to Barocci's paintings and drawings. Barocci was one of the greatest colorists ever to set brush
to canvas, and is considered an important precursor of such 17th-century masters as Peter Paul Rubens.

Federico Barocci, Italian, c.1533–1612; Rest on the Return from Egypt, 1570–73; oil on canvas;
52 3/8 x 43 1/4 inches; Vatican Museums, Vatican City; photo: Scala/Art Resource, NY
With more than 130 spellbinding works,
Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master presents a trove of exceptionally beautiful paintings and studies, many never before seen in this country. Barocci was one of the most innovative Italian artists of the second half of the sixteenth century and was highly sought by both religious and secular patrons. A major influence on European masters from the 16th to 18th centuries, Barocci's art combines the beauty of the High Renaissance and the dynamism of the Baroque.

Curated by Judith W. Mann, curator of European art to 1800, with Babette Bohn, consulting curator, Texas Christian University, Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master will be on view in the Main Exhibition Galleries from October 21, 2012 through January 20, 2013. The exhibition travels to the National Gallery, London, February 27–May 19, 2013.

Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master has been organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum in association with the National Gallery, London, in collaboration with the Soprintendenza per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico delle Marche – Urbino, and the Polo Museale Fiorentino, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, Florence, and with generous support of the Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

The presentation is supported by BMO Private Bank. The exhibition and symposium in St. Louis are supported in part by Sotheby's. Financial assistance has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by Emerson.


Federico Barocci, Italian, c.1533–1612; Annunciation, 1582–84; oil on canvas;
97 5/8 x 67 inches; Vatican Museums, Vatican City; photo copyright Vatican Museums


Thursday, November 1, 11:00 am,
Friday, November 2, 6:00 pm

Italy and the Netherlands on the Eve of the Baroque
Charles H. Parker, Professor of History, and Philip Gavitt, Associate Professor of History, Saint Louis University

Thursday, November 15, 11:00 am,
Friday, November 16, 6:00 pm

Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master
Judith W. Mann, Curator of Early European Art to 1800

Please note: This Gallery Talk will meet in the Museum's Friends Room

Thursday, December 6, 11:00 am,
Friday, December 7, 6:00 pm

Italian Prints in the Age of Barocci
Ryan Gregg, Assistant Professor of Art History, Webster University

Thursday, December 13, 11:00 am,
Friday, December 14, 6:00 pm

Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master
Chris Naffziger, Research Assistant in Early European Art to 1800

Please note: This Gallery Talk will meet in the Museum's Friends Room


Saturday, October 20, 11:00 am
Barocci and His World
Theodore Rabb, Professor of History, Emeritus, Princeton University

Italian artist Federico Barocci (1533-1612), lived during a time of great transition. Religious institutions were being challenged, the balances of power and commerce were shifting, and artists were moving away from the measured rationality of the Renaissance to the drama of the Baroque.

Professor Rabb, an authority on Early Modern Europe, has published widely on the period and contributes to a number of periodicals, including Past and Present and The New York Review of Books. His books include Renaissance Lives: Portraits of an Age (1993) and The Last Days of the Renaissance: And the March to Modernity (2006).

This program is co-presented by the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis.

This lecture takes place at Steinberg Auditorium at Washington University in St. Louis. For directions and parking information, visit


Thursday–Saturday, January 10–12, 2013
Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master
One of the most innovative Italian artists of the late 16th century, Federico Barocci (1533-1612) created exquisite paintings, drawings, and prints for popes, emperors, and other wealthy patrons.

This symposium brings together leading international experts to explore Barocci's life, work, and influence. It complements the ground-breaking exhibition and will present significant new scholarship.

Speakers include: Judith W. Mann, Curator of Early European Art to 1800 at the Saint Louis Art Museum; Babette Bohn, Professor of Art History at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas; and Carol Plazzotta, Senior Research Curator, The National Gallery, London. A keynote address will be delivered by David Ekserdjian, Professor of Art History, University of Leicester, England.

Fee: $50 ($30 Members and students with ID) Lunch included.
To register, please visit or call 314.721.0072

The symposium takes place at Steinberg Auditorium at Washington University in St. Louis. For directions and parking information, visit


Join us for free music and art at the Museum! This adventurous music series takes its cue from the amazing diversity of art in the Museum's collection. All Art After 5 performances take place in Grigg Gallery.

Free tickets (limit 4 per person) for performances are available beginning the first of each month for the current month's Art After 5 performance. Tickets will be available at the Information Desk in Sculpture Hall. Limited seating.

Friday, November 30, 7:00 pm
An Evening of Baroque with Musicians from the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra grace the Museum's Grigg Gallery with the sounds of Barocci! This chamber concert features music by composers working in Italy in the 17th Century.

Friday, December 14, 7:00 pm
Sacred Music from the Time of Barocci
In this special holiday concert, The Kingsbury Ensemble will perform sacred music from the time of Federico Barocci, the late-Renaissance artist whose work in currently featured in the exhibition Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master. The ensemble includes harpsichord, cello, violin, and voice.


Federico Barocci, Italian, c.1533–1612; Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Evangelist, 1566–67; oil on canvas; 113 3/8 x 63 3/8 inches; Soprintendenza per i beni Storici Artistici ed Etnoantropologici della Marche Galleria Nazionale della Marche, Palazzo Ducale, Urbino, Italy; photo: The Bridgeman Art Library


Indulge your love of art in unique enrichment classes designed for the adult learner. Classes focus on the Museum's amazing collection of art and explore exciting exhibitions. Pre-registration is required. To register, please visit or call 314-655-5128.

Drawing in the Galleries: Lessons from the Renaissance
Fridays, October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16
(5 sessions) 6:00–8:00 pm

In this class, students will spend time in the exhibition looking closely at Barocci's drawings to observe subjects, materials, and techniques used by the artist, and then experiment with similar materials, such as charcoal and pastels. All skill levels are welcome, and all materials will be provided.

Class size is limited to 15 participants.

Instructor: Belinda Lee, artist and educator, Assistant Director of Special Programs, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis.

Fee: $50 ($40 Members)
Pre-registration required.


The Practice of Drawing: Then and Now
Wednesdays, October 24, 31 and November 7, 14
(4 sessions) 10:00 am–noon

This course looks at the practice of drawing at several points in art history. At the center of the course are two new exhibitions, Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master at the Saint Louis Art Museum and Notations: Contemporary Drawing as Idea and Process at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. The course will include visits with curators to both exhibitions and to the Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Class size is limited to 30 participants.

Instructors: Judith W. Mann, Curator of European Art to 1800 at the Saint Louis Art Museum; Elizabeth Wyckoff, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum; Meredith Malone, Associate Curator, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum; and Allyson Strafella, artist

Fee: $80 ($60 Members)
Pre-registration required.


Adults participate and create along with the children—no experience necessary.
Fee: $10 per person, per workshop ($8 Members)
Please pre-register for the following workshops:


Saturday, December 1, 10:30–11:30 am
All that Glitters
The Museum is filled with dazzling objects made with gold and silver. Discover some of the Museum's gleaming treasures, and then create your own shining artwork to take home.
Pre-registration required.


Saturday, December 8, 10:30 am–noon
Let's Have a Ball!
Take a tour of the Museum's collection to learn about the practice of masquerading, and then complete your own mask fit for a ball.
Pre-registration required.


Saturday, December 15, 10:30 am–noon
Magnificent Masquerade
You've invited to a masquerade ball as we visit the galleries to learn about the purpose and construction of masks. After the tour, make your own mask inspired by what you see.
Pre-registration required.


Sundays in December, 1:00–4:00 pm.

The Golden Age
Experience a slice of Renaissance Italy with a selection of art activities and family tours inspired by the Museum's special exhibition Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master. We'll have an Italian celebration at the Museum with hands-on art projects inspired by the masterpieces and traditions of this awe-inspiring era of art and history.


Members' Preview Day
Saturday, October 20, 10:00 am–4:00 pm (last entry)
Advance Exhibition tickets recommended

Museum Members are invited to see the exhibition before it opens to the public. Join us for this special preview day, complete with live music, refreshments, and more! Advance exhibition tickets are recommended for best availability.

Young Friends Italian Celebration
Thursday, November 15, 6:30–9:00 pm
$20 Members ($40 non-Members)

The Young Friends are celebrating the exhibition at this Italian-themed cocktail party. Join us for live music, tours of the exhibition, and festive drinks and appetizers. Tickets available at 314.655.5416 or online here.

Cookies & Carols Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 4, 5:30–7:30 pm
Free for Family Level Members and above;
Registration required

Members at the $75 Family level and above are invited to celebrate the winter holidays at this special evening. View the exhibition, enjoy songs of the season, sweet treats, and special art activities inspired by the exhibition. Call 314.655.5235 or click here to register.


Reserve your tickets today!

Member Ticketing Information
Members receive free, timed tickets to the exhibition. Regular Members receive two free adult tickets per visit; Family Members and above receive two free adult tickets, as well as free tickets for children in the household under 18.

Advance tickets are not required, but recommended to ensure best availability. Same-day tickets will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve your free Member tickets, stop by the Information Center in Sculpture Hall, or use the special Promo Code MEMSPEX to order through MetroTix at or 314.534.1111.

Federico Barocci, Italian, c.1533–1612; Study for the Head of Saint John the Evangelist for the Entombment, c.1580; oil on paper, mounted on linen; 16 5/8 x 12 3/4 inches; National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund 1979; image courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
Member Preview Day
Saturday, October 20
Exhibition Viewing – 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Performance – 1:00 pm

Museum Members are invited to preview Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master before it opens to the public. Celebrate the Italian master with a day of live music, complimentary refreshments, and festive entertainment. Advance, timed tickets are recommended for exhibition viewing.

For more information, please call 314.655.5335, email, or visit

Young Friends Celebrate
Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master

Thursday, November 15, 6:30–9:00 pm
$30 Members ($50 non-Members)
Advance registration required

The Young Friends are celebrating Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master with an Italian-inspired fundraiser, complete with fabulous hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, live music, festive entertainment, and tours of the exhibition. Tickets are available at or by calling 314.655.5416.


Reserve your tickets today!

Admission to Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, $6 for children 6 to 12, free for children younger than 6, free to Members every day, and free to all on Fridays. An audio tour is included with all paid admissions Saturday - Thursday. The audio tour is not included with Free Friday tickets, but can be purchased for an additional $3. Friday audio tours must be purchased at the same time the entry ticket is purchased.

Please note: Group tickets for the special exhibition Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master are not available on Fridays. Free Friday tickets are limited to six per person.

Timed entry tickets are required. Advance tickets are highly recommended and are available at all MetroTix locations. Tickets are also available in person at the Museum. Tickets purchased through MetroTix will incur a $2.75 service fee per ticket; the service fee is waived for tickets purchased at the Museum. Charge by phone at 314.534.1111 or online at

Ticketing for Museum Members
Museum Members receive free, timed exhibition tickets. Regular Members receive two free tickets. Family-level Members and above receive two adult tickets, as well as tickets for children under 18. To reserve your free Member tickets in advance, you will need a special promo code to order through Metrotix. To obtain that code, please call 314.655.5335 or email with your ID number (from your membership card).
Federico Barocci, Italian, c.1533–1612; Portrait of Francesco Maria II della Rovere, c.1571–72; oil on canvas; 44 1/2 x 36 5/8 inches; Istituti museale della Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino; photo: Scala/ Ministero per i Beni e le Attività culturali/Art Resource, NY