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The Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fredi: A Masterpiece Reconstructed

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3/2/2012 - 9/9/2012
Organizing institution: The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

This Exhibition includes the following Venues:
  • Museum of Biblical Art 7/1/2012 - 9/9/2012

The University of Virginia Art Museum and the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) have been granted the opportunity of the loan of a major masterpiece of the Sienese Trecento: the Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fredi. The exhibition will reunite the surviving components of an altarpiece that was arguably Bartolo's great masterwork—the main panel, which has remained in Siena since its completion around 1380, and the portions of the predella from the Lindenau-Museum in Altenburg, Germany, and from UVaM.

The exhibition will offer an exceptional occasion for faculty, students, and the community at large to study a major Italian altarpiece, its complex history, its original location, and its missing components. After centuries of disruption, the painting will be reconstituted here and subsequently at MOBIA in New York City. An international symposium on Bartolo di Fredi and Sienese painting of his time will be held to mark the exhibition in April 2012 in Charlottesville.

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