U.Va. Art Museum Director to Talk About 14th-Century Sienese Altarpiece on May 19

May 2, 2012 — University of Virginia Art Museum director Bruce Boucher will give a Saturday Special Tour of the exhibition "'The Adoration of the Magi' by Bartolo di Fredi: A Masterpiece Reconstructed" on May 19, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Di Fredi's altarpiece stood in one of the major churches of Siena, Italy, from its completion around 1385 until it was dismantled at the turn of the 19th century. Now, for the first time, the three remaining pieces have been reunited and are on view at the museum through May 27. Also on exhibit are two other Sienese paintings on loan from the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk and the Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery of Greenville, S.C.

Boucher's career as an architectural historian, educator and museum curator spans more than 35 years. He is an expert on the 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, whose work has had profound influence on the architecture of the Western world, and is the author of numerous books, among them "Andrea Palladio: The Architect in His Time," He lectures widely on Palladio as well as Italian artists such as Donatello, Tintoretto and others, with a focus on the artists working in the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

The U.Va. Art Museum offers its Saturday Special Tours on the third or fourth Saturday of every month from 2 to 3 p.m. These tours offer the opportunity to join faculty, curators and scholars as they explore a variety of focused topics related to museum collections and exhibitions.

The tours are free and open to the public. For information, call 434-243-2050 or e-mail museumoutreach@virginia.edu. The museum is located at 155 Rugby Road, one block from the Rotunda.