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Hyde Collection presents still-life paintings

The Hyde Collection is pleased to present an extraordinary exhibition of still-life paintings from the famed Medici family collections. Natura Morta: Still-Life Painting and the Medici Collections will be featured from Nov. 3 through Jan. 13 in the museums Charles R. Wood Gallery. According to Erin B. Coe, the deputy director and chief curator of the Hyde Collection, The voyage of forty-three works of art that once belonged to the distinguished Medici family to Glens Falls is an extraordinary event. The Hyde Collection is honored to provide our visitors with the unique opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of Baroque still-life painting, as well as the collecting interests and taste of the famous Medici family. Given our founders (Louis and Charlotte Hyde) admiration for Italian art and culture, Natura Morta is the perfect complement to Hyde House and the permanent collection. Evocative of nature and rich in color, the still-life paintings from the exhibition illustrate the tastes and collecting habits of the famed Italian Medici dynasty known for its artistic patronage during the 17th and 18th centuries. The 43 works of art in Natura Morta include mosaics created by the Grand Ducal Workshops, and paintings by Bartlolomeo Bimbi, Italys foremost painter of still-life in that time. Other artists featured in the exhibition are Cristoforo Munari, Bartolomeo Ligozzi, and Giovanna Garzoni. The works in the exhibition represent a selection from the more than 600 still-life paintings found in the Medici collections that the family bequeathed to the city of Florence. Today, this vast collection is distributed among the Medici villas and Florentine museums. In addition to being patrons of local artists, the Medicis also collected works from other schools of painting, both Italian and foreign, and, in particular, works of Flemish and Dutch artists such as William van Aelst, Jan van Kessel and Nicola van Houbraken, which are also included in this exhibition. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see exemplary works of art that beautifully illustrate abundance in nature, typical of still-life natura morta painting. This preoccupation with nature influenced the development of western art and culture. The paintings in the exhibition also underline the richness of form and colorsaid to have exploded during the artistic period known as the Baroque (1600s-1720s), a period in which Florence was one of the most important centers of activity in Europe.

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