The Saint Vincent Gallery will present an exhibit, “German Baroque Master Drawings: From the Saint Vincent Art Collections,” from Sept. 14 to Oct. 7. It opens with a free public reception on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The exhibition will feature 40 drawings from the late 16th to early 18th centuries collected in the second half of the 19th century by the founder of Saint Vincent College, Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B. The works are master drawings by German Baroque artists, with subject matter ranging from classical mythology to secular and religious scenes as well as landscapes. They were acquired by Wimmer during his various trips to Europe and brought back to Saint Vincent to use as teaching tools for students studying art.
The drawings have never before been publicly exhibited and have not been seen by art students for more than 40 years. The exhibition curator is Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., gallery director and curator of the Saint Vincent Art Collections.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a display honoring the 125th anniversary of the death of Boniface Wimmer will also be on view. Entitled “Ut in Omnibus Glorificetur Deus,” the display will feature photographs, documents and various objects owned and used by Wimmer. It is curated by Jordan Hainsey and will be on view until December 9.
German Baroque art is not as well known or studied as the art produced during this period in southern Europe, especially Italy. One of the last major exhibitions of German Baroque drawings was in London, England, in 1975.
Baroque art is characterized by the use of chiaroscuro, an Italian term meaning light and shadow. It is also known for incorporating drama and depicting movement. Frequently, it is described as exuberant and exhibiting clarity. The movement started in Rome in the late 16th century, and spread throughout most of Europe. It remained popular in northern Europe until the mid-18th century.
The Gallery is located on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center and is accessible to the physically challenged. It is free and open to the public.
Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays. Other times are available by appointment. For further information call 724-805-2197.