The Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art presents Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe, a new exhibition in which passion, violence, and virtue emerge as fundamental, intertwined elements in artworks created for private homes. The exhibition—which opened to the public by free, timed reservation on April 8, 2021— features more than 40 paintings, prints, sculptures, and luxury wares. These artworks played an essential role in intimate, familial experiences, while also shaping and responding to massive intellectual, political, and religious shifts throughout Europe between 1400 and 1700. Together, the works illuminate the many ways that Renaissance objects lay at the heart of public rituals and individual relationships, offering insights into the social, sexual, cultural, and visual experiences of their audiences. The exhibition is curated by Nora S. Lambert (PhD Candidate), as the culminating project of the Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Curatorial Fellowship offered through the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry, the Smart Museum’s home for curricular engagement with the University.

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