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
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,
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.