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Religious Exhibit Coming to Milwaukee Art Museum

A major new exhibit opening this fall at the Milwaukee Art Museum will give visitors a look at a wealth of religious-themed artwork from European masters. “Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting From Glasgow Museums” will be on view from October 3 through January 4, 2015.

Organized into five chronological sections, the exhibition will include paintings from Rome, Milan, Bologna, Florence, Siena, Naples and Venice. Visitors can see art by Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Francesco Guardi, Salvator Rosa and numerous other Italian masters.

“[The exhibit] will examine the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art, from the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the 19th century,” said museum director Daniel Keegan. “The remarkable regional and historical breadth of the exhibition will also showcase the outstanding quality of the Glasgow Museums collection.”

Most of the paintings in the exhibition have never been shown in the United States, and a number of them were restored specifically for this presentation.