Exhibition "Hidden stories"explores a 16th-century Venetian painting recently donated to the Davis Museum.
This "Holy Family with St. Catherine, St. Sebastian and the Donor" was previously attributed to Giorgione and exists in several versions, including the Louvre Museum in Paris. Some important details in the Davis painting, such as the donor figure and background landscape, differ from other almost identical works.
Restorations, such as the head of St. Joseph, are clearly visible on the canvas. The history of visual changes evident in this picture spans centuries, and now many questions arise: who did it? How many artists or conservatives worked on the painting? Why are there several copies, and why is this work different from others?
The exhibition explores this picture with the help of recent conservation, technical and historical-artistic analysis, to reveal a lot of new information and find out the unknown.Hidden Histories: Revealing the Life of a Paintingexamines a 16th century venetianSacra converversione, recently donated to the Davis Museum. This Holy Family with Saint Catherine, Saint Sebastian, and a donor was previously attributed to Giorgione, and exists in multiple versions, including one at the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Several important details in the Davis's painting, such as the donor figure and the background landscape, differ from the other nearly identical works. Restorations, like the head of Saint Joseph, are clearly visible on the canvas. The history of visual change evident in this painting spans centuries, and now raises many questions: Who made it? How many artists or conservators worked on the painting? Why are there multiple copies, and why is this work different from the others?Hidden historiesexplores thisSacra converversionepainting through recent conservation, technical analysis, and an art historical lens to uncover a wealth of new information and highlight the unknown.