The age-old tradition of collecting European Renaissance and Baroque art began in the very years in which the artworks were created and continues unabated today, including here in Wisconsin and the surrounding region. Yet because many of these treasures are held in private collections, the public seldom, if ever, gets the occasion to see them. During this exclusive presentation, Museum visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy paintings and drawings by masters such as Rembrandt van Rijn and Parmigianino, selected from the rich collections that reside within only a few hundred miles of the Museum.
From Rembrandt to Parmigianino: Old Masters from Private Collections also marks the happy occasion of two recent gifts to the Museum from the great Milwaukee connoisseur and collector of old master paintings, Alfred Bader. Not only has Dr. Bader been a longtime supporter of the Museum, but over his lifetime, he has also assembled one of the great collections of Dutch and Flemish paintings—a generous number of which will be on view in the exhibition. These two recent gifts are by Jacopo Vignali (Italian, 1592–1664) and Onofrio Gabrielli (Italian, 1616–1706) and will soon have pride of place in the Collection Galleries.
During this exclusive presentation, Museum visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy more than 50 paintings and drawings by European Renaissance and Baroque masters, selected from the rich collections that reside within the community. These works have been rarely–if ever–seen by the public before.