Reunification of altarpiece at Blanton solves a big art mystery
from Austin Arts: Seeing Things by By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Forget ‘The Da Vinci Code.’ We have our own major art history mystery that was solved right here in Austin.
After spending time with the Blanton Museum of Art’s Suida-Manning Collection, Xavier Salomon, chief curator of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, realized that a small painting by Italian Renaissance master Paolo Veronese was actually the long-missing fragment of a massive altarpiece painting made for a Northern Italian church long-since destroyed.
Now, in a rare reconstruction, all four known pieces of the Petrobelli Altarpiece on view displayed together in one frame, much as if they were a whole again. “Paolo Veronese: The Petrobelli Altarpiece” makes its only stop in the United States at the Blanton.
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And on Sunday, Salomon returns to the Blanton to relate the story of his discovery.
Xavier Salomon, chief curator of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, discusses the journey of the`Petrobelli Altarpiece’ through history
2 p.m. Oct. 25
Cost: Free with museum admission ($3-$7)
Image: Paolo Veronese, ‘Head of Saint Michael,’ the missing fragment of the Petrobelli Altarpiece.
A few weeks ago, the Austin Arts Minute Brought the news of this incredible reconstruction to you on News 8!
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