Gods and Goddesses: Annibale Carracci and the Renaissance Reborn

September 25 to December 20, 2015

Judi and Milt Stewart Hexagon Gallery, Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor

Annibale Carracci (Italian, 1560-1609) was far and away the most influential Italian artist of the seventeenth century. His masterpiece—the ceiling of the Farnese Gallery in Rome, painted from 1597 to 1604—depicts the loves of the gods and goddesses in classical mythology. Mindful of their significance, professional printmakers immediately began to replicate Annibale's designs through engravings. This exhibition focuses on a series produced in France by the seventeenth-century engraver Claude Lefèbvre. 

The exhibition was conceptualized by students in an Indiana University art history graduate seminar on Annibale Carracci. Two of the students from that seminar, Carlotta Paltrinieri and Zoe Van Dyke, along with Associate Professor Giles Knox of the history of art department and Nan Brewer, the museum's Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator of Works on Paper, served as the exhibition's curators. Support for the exhibition was provided by the Wilma E. Kelley Museum Endowment and the IU Art Museum's Arc Fund. 

Image: Claude Lefèbvre after Carracci. Aurora and Cephalus (detail) from the Farnese Gallery, 17th century. Engraving on paper. Promised gift to the IU Art Museum