MI Faculty Fellow Robert Randolf Coleman Curates Exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Art

Author: Dov Honick

Allegrini Christ In Glory

Francesco Allegrini (Rome, 1624–1684), Christ in glory with angels and a saint kneeling in adoration, ca. 1665. Red chalk on light tan paper. The Jeffrey E. Horvitz Collection, Boston.

On Saturday December 29, the Georgia Museum of Art opened an exhibit entitled “Master, Pupil, Follower: 16th- to 18th-Century Italian Works on Paper” under the supervision of Professor Emeritus Robert Randolf Coleman, Professor Emeritus of Art History and MI Faculty Fellow at the University of Notre Dame.

Professor Emeritus Coleman works primarily on Italian art from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. He has written on the art of sixteenth-century Lombardy and Piedmont and has worked extensively on Italian old master drawings, including those in the collection of the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame.

The exhibit, which includes approximately thirty pieces, showcases prints and drawings that represent specific regional styles and artistic schools of the Italian Renaissance. Organizing the drawings by these thematic demonstrates the influence of several Italian masters, and, in several cases, has led to revised attributions. The exhibit features drawings by Giulio Romano, Claudio Ridolfi, Palma il Giovane, Guercino, Giulio Benso, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Salvatore Rosa, and followers of Veronese and Tintoretto. Dr. Coleman is also the author and Project Director of the Inventory-Catalogue of the Drawings in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, an on-going website inventory with scanned images. The Ambrosiana Project is housed in the Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame. The Biblioteca Ambrosiana co-organized the exhibit, and Benedetta Spadaccini of the Ambrosiana is serving as co-curator.

Robert Coleman Photo

Professor Emeritus Robert Randolf Coleman

Pieces for the exhibit were drawn from the collections of Giuliano Ceseri of Lafayette, Louisiana; The Jeffrey Horvitz collection in Boston; and the Georgia Museum of Art. The Georgia Museum of Art is affiliated with the University of Georgia and is located at the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on UGA's East Campus.

The exhibit is sponsored by The W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art and will be on display until March 8. Full details can be found at the Georgia Museum of Art's website.