Michel Sittow. Estonian artist in the courts of the Renaissance

Exhibition January 28 − May 13, 2018
Exhibition"Michel Sittow. Estonian artist in the courts of the Renaissance» at the National gallery in Washington – is the first ever retrospective of one of the outstanding artists of the Renaissance. Despite the popularity Zitova in the Royal courts of Europe, there are very few of his paintings.

Creative heritage of the painter now amounts to only about two dozen works. The exposition in the U.S. collected 13 of them – from the Vienna Museum of art history, State museums of Berlin, the Louvre Museum, the Detroit Institute of arts, the Royal gallery Mauritshuis, institutions, Madrid, Copenhagen, Budapest, as well as private collections. Part of the exhibition is devoted to his alleged relationship with Juan de Flandes and probable teacher of Hans Memling.

The exhibition presents all three of the securely documented works of Michel Sittow – "the assumption", "Ascension of Christ" (both approx. 1500 – 1504) and a portrait of the Danish king Kristian II one of the few works of the artist with reliably confirmed the identity of the model. The exhibition also reunited the two panels originally formed a diptych "virgin and child" from the State museums of Berlin and the "Portrait of Diego de Guevara (?)" from the National gallery of art in Washington.

Among the other outstanding works Titova presented in Washington, includes "portrait of a man" (CA. 1510) from the collection of the Royal gallery Mauritshuis in the Hague and the image of a woman, borrowed from the Museum of art history in Vienna. First it was supposed to Catherine of Aragon, the first of six wives of king Henry VIII. Now, however, art historians tend to believe that this beloved sister monarch, Mary rose Tudor.

The exhibition is timed to the centenary of the proclamation of the Republic of Estonia and after completion of work in the United States will move to Tallinn, where it will operate from 8 June to 16 September in the Art Museum KUMU.