The Fralin Museum of Art presents a two-part exhibit in its Stair Hall Gallery titled Portraying the Golden Age. The exhibit is curated by John Hawley, Luzak-Lindner Graduate Fellow.
In the first installation of Portraying the Golden Age, drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection reveal the blossoming of drawn portraiture in the Netherlands during the seventeenth century. The first installation will be on display through April 27.
In addition to commissioned portraits of individuals in which the sitter’s identity is of upmost importance, a new genre, tronies, developed. Though presented in bust- or half-length formats and often executed from life in the manner of conventional portraits, these works were appreciated chiefly as studies of various figural types whose subjects often remained anonymous.
The second installation will be on view from May 2 through August 10 and builds on the first. The second installation looks at the production of portraits and tronies in print, a medium that enabled the production of numerous examples of the same image. As tronies became increasingly popular in the course of the seventeenth century, they began to appear in print. Works from The Fralin’s collection document this evolution, including prints by Rembrandt van Rijn, Anthony van Dyck, and Jan Lievens.
The Fralin Museum of Art, located at 155 Rugby Road, one block from the Rotunda, is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Admission is FREE.