Myth and Faith in Renaissance Florence: The sculpture of Giovan Angelo Montorsoli and his circle
October 13, 2018–January 21, 2019
The exhibition Myth and Faith in Renaissance Florence is centered around a recently discovered masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, John the Baptist, created by Giovan Montorsoli, one of Michelangelo’s most gifted students. This special exhibition presents this and several other sculptures to the public for the first time, and includes loans from other American and Italian institutions. The exhibition examines the variety of symbolic roles played by John the Baptist, Florence’s patron saint, in the civic and spiritual lives of its citizens.
“The culture of Renaissance Florence – now 500 years old – continues to astound us. Works of striking beauty reveal a political intrigue and a complex society. We hope that visitors will come away with an appreciation of the wonders and mysteries of the Renaissance,” stated Alan Chong, director of the Currier and co-curator of the exhibition.
“The museum’s sculpture of John the Baptist is highly unusual because he is presented as a muscular, striding warrior,” stated Kurt Sundstrom, curator at the Currier Museum. “Much of our perception of the Renaissance has been dominated by the great works of Michelangelo. Our sculpture reflects Michelangelo’s influence, but also allows us to study another important artist connected to the political events of his time.”
A full-color catalogue has been published by the Currier in conjunction with the exhibition and is for sale in the Museum Shop.
Exhibition support from M. Christine Dwyer and Michael Huxtable, and Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley.
The exhibition catalogue has been made possible through the generous support of Rose-Marie and Eijk Otterloo.
artist in residence
Our Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program invites artists to live and work at the museum. While in residence, artists consider the collection and community, and refresh our perspectives on the role of the museum. The program is central to the Currier Museum’s mission of connecting our audiences with art and creative thinking, whether of the past or the future. We hope to learn from our visiting artists – and be surprised by their perspectives.
Artists working in all media participate in the AIR program, which has three main components: 1) an open call to support emerging artists making socially engaged art; 2) an invitational through which artists are selected to develop special projects, commissions, or exhibitions; and 3) artist-led, community-centered public art projects in the city of Nashua, NH.
Open Call for Artist in Residence Applications
Our annual open call is currently live from October 1 – December 1, 2022. Artists who share the museum’s goal of positively impacting communities through the transformative power of art are encouraged to apply to this residency.