Museums and churches in Genoa, where Cambiaso lived and workedexclusively until his last two years, are lending most of the paintings in the exhibition. With rare exceptions, the works have never before beendisplayed in the United States and few have been displayed outsideof Italy. Additional paintings and drawings come to Austin froman international roster of distinguished institutions, including the ArtInstitute of Chicago, the British Museum, the Louvre Museum, theMetropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library, the National Galleryof Art, and the Uf
zi Gallery, among others. The Blanton has organized the exhibition in partnership with the Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, Italy,where it will travel following its Austin presentation.So who was Luca Cambiaso? A fundamental
gure in the history of Italian painting and drawing, he was born in 1527 in Moneglia, nearGenoa. “Genoa was a brilliant maritime power that in the mid-16thcentury was becoming one of the
nancial centers of Europe,”says Jonathan Bober, the Blanton’s curator of prints, drawings andEuropean paintings and one of the team of
ve curators responsiblefor the exhibition.Cambiaso was such an original and proli
c artist, yet he’s stillrelatively unknown. Curator Bober gives three reasons for this.“His paintings are terribly rare outside Genoa. His success was sogreat that it led to innumerable replicas and copies, which havecompromised his reputation. Not least, however beautiful, his styleis extremely intellectual and, simply put, dif
cult. The purposes of the exhibition are to examine this particularly rich and complicatedcreative life, and to give Cambiaso his due within the history of Italian art.”While not a lot is known about Cambiaso’s personal life other than what his art can show, we do know that he received earlyart instruction from and collaborated with his father, Giovanni.Travel to Rome exposed him to the works of Michelangelo, among
A monographic exhibition represents a metaphoric life, and demonstratesthe development of a creative mind.
The Blanton Museum of Art’s
, on view from September 19, 2006 through January 14,2007, is the
rst such exhibition of the artist’s work in half a century, and the
rst ever in the United States. The range of works featured (over 120) spans hisentire development, showing the in
uence of Raphael and Michelangelo in hisearly years, the highly sophisticated and stylized mature work, and the hints of early Baroque style in his later pieces.With seven paintings by Luca Cambiaso in its permanent collection, the Blantonowns more than half of the paintings by the artist in the United States.
Moneglia (Genoa), 1527–Madrid, 1585
Madonna and Child with Mary Magdalene
, c. 1557-1559Oil on canvas, 124 x 117 cmMusei Civici di Strada Nuova, Palazzo Bianco, Genoa