Opening Reception: Out of the Kress Vaults and Specimens and Reflections

Date: 09-15-2022

Time: 06:00 PM

Location: Bellarmine Hall Galleries and Great Hall

Join us after the opening lecture for light refreshments in the Great Hall! 

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Out of the Kress Vaults: Women in Sacred Renaissance Painting and Specimens and Reflections, both on view in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries from September 16-December 17, 2022. Light refreshments will be served in the Great Hall of Bellarmine Hall. The Bellarmine Hall Galleries will also be open until 8 p.m.

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About the exhibitions: 

Out of the Kress Vaults: Women in Sacred Renaissance Painting and Specimens and Reflections

The exhibition explores representations of femininity and virtue in Italian Renaissance paintings of the Virgin Mary, female saints, and nuns. This exhibition is the first in the museum’s history to be co-curated with Fairfield University students. Taking inspiration from two paintings of the Madonna and Child in the museum’s own Samuel H. Kress Collection, students in Dr. Michelle DiMarzo’s art history seminar developed the exhibition by examining Kress collections at other institutions, with an emphasis on works typically held in storage.

Specimens and Reflections

Digitally manipulated photographic panoramas of the interiors of Roman churches by Claudia Esslinger (Professor of Art, Kenyon College) are accompanied by the poetry of Royal Rhodes ‘68 (Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Kenyon College) in this unique exhibition that explores the intersection of word and image.

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