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JUNE 2003
Volume 95, Issue 5
 

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The Painted Text: Picturing Narrative in European Art, through September 14. This exhibition features 16th- to 19th-century European art inspired by ancient stories, including Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Virgil’s Aeneid, Apuleius’s The Golden Ass, and Livy’s History of Rome. The pieces are presented along with quotations from the literature on which they were based. Also on view are illustrated texts from the Regenstein’s Special Collections. Smart Museum of Art, 773/702-0200.

Writing for the Eyes from Antiquity to the Renaissance, through October 6. The companion exhibition to the Smart Museum’s The Painted Text examines the relationship between visual and verbal representations, featuring illustrated texts that contain ekphrases, or extended descriptions of objects. Many of those descriptions have inspired artists to create paintings or sculptures. The exhibition focuses on four texts: Homer’s Iliad, Virgil’s Aeneid, Dante’s Divina commedia, and Cervantes’s Don Quixote. In the Aeneid, for example, descriptions of Aeneas’s shield have inspired artists since the Renaissance. Alcove Gallery, Special Collections Research Center, Regenstein Library, 773/702-8705.

Material Identity: Prints by Robert Arneson, June 21– September 14, and Big Idea: The Maquettes of Robert Arneson, July 10–September 14. Although Arneson is best known as a sculptor, Material Identity features the California artist’s print works, including color etchings and lithographs. Big Idea exhibits Arneson’s terra-cotta maquettes—small, preliminary sculptures—that in some cases reveal the origins of his larger works. Smart Museum of Art, 773/702-0200.

Carillonathon! June 22–August 24, Sundays, 6 p.m. The Rockefeller carillon recital series features University carillonneur Wylie Crawford, MAT’70, and guest artists from the United States and Europe. Free tours of the carillon—the world’s second largest, with 72 bells spanning six octaves—are offered 30 minutes before the concerts begin. Rockefeller Chapel, 773/702-7095.

 


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