U.Va. Art Museum Hosts Talk About 14th-Century Sienese Altarpiece on April 28

April 05, 2012

April 6, 2012 — The University of Virginia Art Museum will host scholar Wolfgang Loseries for a Saturday Special Tour of its exhibition, "The Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fredi: A Masterpiece Reconstructed," on April 28 at 2 p.m.

"The Adoration of the Magi," an altarpiece by di Fredi, 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 U.Va. Art 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.  

Loseries has written extensively on Sienese paintings, sculptures and architecture, and is a contributor to the catalog that accompanies the exhibition. He is a researcher at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz-Max-Planck Institut. A specialist of medieval and early Renaissance Sienese art and a member of the Accademia Senese degli Intronati in Siena, he is principal author of several volumes of the collaborative project, "The Churches of Siena."

Loseries will also speak at an international symposium on Bartolo di Fredi and Sienese painting of his time, to be held on April 27 at U.Va, For information about the symposium, email Whitney Payton at wp3b@virginia.edu.

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.