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The Blanton’s collection of European art includes paintings from about 1350 to 1850. Rich in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, the collection boasts works by major painters including Sebastiano del Piombo, Jacopo Bassano, Paolo Veronese, Parmigianino, Guercino, and Tiepolo. Of particular importance is the group of seven paintings by Luca Cambiaso, the most influential artist in sixteenth-century Genoa. Seventeenth-century French paintings by Claude Lorrain, Simon Vouet, and Claude Vignon, as well as an early work by Peter Paul Rubens, exemplify the active reception and interpretation of the Italian Baroque by artists from other parts of Europe. With the renowned Suida-Manning Collection at its core, augmented by generous gifts and strategic purchases, the Blanton’s collection offers an in-depth view of the development of European art through visually arresting and thought provoking works.
The Blanton’s collection of European painting and sculpture is built largely around a single group of paintings, the Suida-Manning Collection of European art. The collection was begun by the great Austrian art historian Wilhelm Suida in the early decades of the twentieth century. In 1939, Suida had to transport his works of art out of Nazi-occupied Austria to safety in New York. Suida’s daughter, Bertina, augmented the collection and over time became an important art historian herself. She studied and purchased art made by the Italian painter Luca Cambiaso, which is why the Blanton is one of the most important repositories in the world for the artist’s paintings. Bertina married the art historian Robert Manning, a native Texan, who added the lion’s share of works to the collection. When Robert and Bertina passed away, the collection consisted of over 240 paintings and 400 drawings, making it one of the largest collections of European art still in private hands. Because Robert Manning so loved Texas, his family wanted to make sure it ended up back in his home state. The Blanton Museum of Art, in the capital of Texas, was an obvious choice. The Blanton acquired the Suida-Manning Collection and became a mandatory destination for enthusiasts of European art overnight. Click here for a transcript of the Blanton Fellow Introduction audio stop: https://bit.ly/BlantonEuro360Introduction
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