European Masterpieces

Showing at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art from 12 June to 17 October 2021, ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’ offers audiences a survey of 500 years of European art from the 1420s and emerging Renaissance to the height of early 20th-century Post-Impressionism. ‘European Masterpieces’ features 65 paintings: portraiture, still-life, landscape and figure studies, the majority of which rarely leave permanent display in New York.

Highlights include Fra Angelico’s altarpiece, The Crucifixion of Christ (c.1420-23); Titian’s poetic Venus and Adonis of the 1550s; Caravaggio’s lyrical The Musicians (1597); Rembrandt’s painterly Flora (c.1654); Vermeer’s elaborate Allegory of the Catholic Faith (c.1670-72), and van Gogh’s idyllic The Flowering Orchard (1888).

‘European Masterpieces’ is accompanied by a public program, the Up Late program, as well as a major publication.

Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn), The Netherlands, 1606-1668, Flora, c.1654, oil on canvas, 100 × 91.8cm. Gift of Archer M Huntington, in memory of his father, Collis Potter. Huntington 1926. Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane