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Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures:
Jan Gossart's Renaissance

October 5, 2010 – January 16, 2011
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

February 16 – May 22, 2011
The National Gallery in London

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The famed Italian politician and historian Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540) noted in his 1537-40 Storia d'Italia that Jan of Hainault (Jan Gossart) was the first to bring the art of representing historical and poetic subjects with life-sized nude figures from Italy to the countries of northern Europe. If not the first artist to do so, he certainly was the key adherent and promoter of this new mode that he initially encountered on a trip to Rome in 1508 with the important court diplomat Philip of Burgundy. For those painters and their patrons rooted in the traditional styles and themes of the late Gothic period, the new style inspired by the art of classical antiquity must have appeared shockingly avant-garde. For the Humanists of the time, Gossart was the first truly Renaissance painter in the north. Yet, Gossart’s style was a hybridization of Italianate and Netherlandish styles. He never abandoned his training in the northern craft tradition, which endeavored to achieve verisimilitude and a sense of heightened illusion in painting. Through his exquisite handling and execution in paint, Gossart emulated the splendid artistic tradition of Jan van Eyck.

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This exhibition will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from October 5, 2010 – January 16, 2011 and at the National Gallery in London from February 16 – May 22, 2011.  It will treat Gossart’s paintings, drawings, and prints in the context of the works of other artists who influenced Gossart and who he, in turn, influenced.  This will include sculpture, paintings, prints, and drawings by artists such as van Eyck, David, Bening, Dürer, de’Barbari, Raimondi, Meit, Van Orley, Vellert, and Van Leyden among others. The exhibition will follow Gossart’s development from the late Gothic to Renaissance to Mannerist modes in his mythological and religious paintings, and it will highlight his achievements in portraiture. Around 140 works from national and international museums and private collections – some of them rarely seen before – will comprise what promises to be a visually stunning exhibition about this leading master of the northern Renaissance in art.

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