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Learning to See: Renaissance and Baroque Masterworks from the
Phoebe Dent Weil and Mark S. Weil Collection
March 3—July 30, 2017
Galleries 234 and 235, Main Building


From Rembrandt's masterful Hundred Guilder Print to a colossal marble portrait of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, Learning to See brings together prints, drawings, and sculptures that explore intellectual and spiritual currents of European culture in the 15th-17th centuries. Subjects included in the exhibition range from mythology and mythical beings to traditional Christian themes. Prints and sculptures are presented together, uniting seemingly dissimilar works across time and techniques while exploring a variety of themes. Devotional works of art demonstrate the vital role that prints and sculpture played in the early modern church. Other sections feature objects representing the body, both nude and clothed, and works that reveal the technical aspects involved in the sculpting of terracotta and bronze.



Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch, 1606–1669; Christ Preaching ("The Hundred Guilder Print"), 1648; etching, drypoint, and engraving on Japanese paper; image: 11 1/16 × 15 7/16 inches; Mark S. Weil Artwork 2011 Irrevocable Trust, Promised gift of Phoebe Dent Weil and Mark S. Weil
The exhibition celebrates the promised gift to the Museum of over 150 works of art assembled by Phoebe Dent Weil and Mark S. Weil, an art conservator and a professor of art history respectively. The collection reflects their passion and deep knowledge of European art of the 15th to 18th centuries. Featured in this presentation are rare early Italian Renaissance engravings, extraordinary groups of prints by Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn, as well as fine examples of Renaissance terracottas and bronzes.

Learning to See is curated by Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs; and Judith Mann, curator of European art to 1800. The exhibition will be on view from March 3 through July 30 in Galleries 234 and 235.


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Accessible Content

Large print labels for Learning to See are available on your own device or on a Museum iPad available at the Taylor Hall Information Center. Please note: Wi-Fi availability in the Museum's historic Cass Gilbert building is limited.
The Saint Louis Art Museum is working to expand Wi-Fi availability campus-wide. Wi-Fi and cellular coverage are still limited in many areas of our historic Cass Gilbert Building.

Free Wi-Fi is available in Sculpture Hall and can be accessed via the SLAM_GUEST network.

Photography

Photography (without flash) is permitted in this exhibition

Catalogue

A fully illustrated, color catalogue with essays by Museum Curators Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs; and Judith Mann, curator of European art to 1800 is available for purchase in the Museum Shops.

Programs

SLAM Underground: Renaissance

Friday, March 31, 7-10 pm
Join us the final Friday of March for our latest installment of SLAM Underground as we reimagine the Renaissance—SLAM style. We're celebrating the opening of Learning to See with art, music, and cocktails. For more information, visit slam.org/underground or follow us on Facebook.

Gallery Talk

Thursday, April 13, 11 am
Learning to See: A Curatorial Dialogue
Judith Mann, curator of European art to 1800
Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs

Lecture

Thursday, April 13, 2 pm
Rembrandt's "Hundred Guilder Print"
The Farrell Auditorium
Mark S. Weil, professor emeritus, department of art history and archaeology, Washington University in St. Louis
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Mark S. Weil will speak on Rembrandt's famed Hundred Guilder Print, which is on view in Learning to See: Masterworks from the Mark S. Weil and Phoebe Dent Weil Collection. Afterwards he will be joined by Phoebe Dent Weil, fine art conservator, Judith W. Mann, and Elizabeth Wyckoff, co-curators of Learning to See, for a conversation about collecting.

Gallery Talk

Friday, April 14, 6 pm
Learning to See: A Curatorial Dialogue
Judith Mann, curator of European art to 1800
Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs

Gallery Talk

Thursday, June 15, 11 am
The Sculptor at Work: Reading Finger Prints and Tool Marks
Phoebe Dent Weil, fine art conservator

Gallery Talk

Friday, June 16, 11 am
The Sculptor at Work: Reading Finger Prints and Tool Marks
Phoebe Dent Weil, fine art conservator


Learning to See is curated by Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs; and Judith Mann, curator of European art to 1800. The exhibition will be on view from March 3 through July 30 in Galleries 234 and 235.