An Extraordinary Exhibition

Giovanni de’Vecchi, Design for a chapel decoration with the Resurrection, c. 1550-1600, brush drawing in brown and mauve wash with white over black and red chalk, ©The Trustees of the British Museum

USD’S HOEHN FAMILY GALLERIES TO PRESENT CHRIST: LIFE, DEATH AND RESURRECTION

The University of San Diego’s Hoehn Family Galleries will host Christ: Life, Death and Resurrection, an exhibition of original Italian Renaissance art that includes Michelangelo’s The Three Crosses, from September 13 – December 13.

Michelangelo, The Three Crosses, c. 1520, red chalk and wash, ©The Trustees of the British Museum

Michelangelo, The Three Crosses, c. 1520, red chalk and wash, ©The Trustees of the British Museum

Of particular note, Michelangelo’s works have never before been exhibited in San Diego. This opportunity to show The Three Crosses and other representations of Christ’s divinity on the campus of the University of San Diego is unprecedented. Each of the 41 works on paper — including woodcuts, etchings and drawings in chalk and ink — present scenes of the Nativity, Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Our students will benefit from this remarkable display. A special course on the Italian Renaissance in conjunction with the exhibit will be taught in the fall semester. Faculty members from Art H

Carlo Maratti, Adoration of the Shepherds, c. 1640-1713, black chalk with brown wash and heightened with white, ©The Trustees of the British Museum

Carlo Maratti, Adoration of the Shepherds, c. 1640-1713, black chalk with brown wash and heightened with white, ©The Trustees of the British Museum

istory and Theology and Religious Studies will incorporate elements of the exhibition into their coursework. Student guides will facilitate visitors’ experiences throughout.

This extraordinary exhibition was curated by Hugo Chapman, Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum and one of the world’s leading authorities on Michelangelo’s drawings.

The Christ: Life, Death and Resurrection exhibition promises to be one of the most critically valued exhibits in the history of our region.

“The opportunity for University Galleries to collaborate with one of the world’s great institutions, the British Museum, on bringing this project to San Diego is an honor and a privilege,” says Director of University Galleries Derrick Cartwright, PhD.

”This exhibition challenges us to contemplate our Catholic identity, our intellectual tradition and our mission as a university. The exhibit is an object lesson in the merger of Catholic spirituality and humankind’s desire to express it.”

To learn more, go to sandiego.edu/galleries

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