Paintings from Kress Collection to be on Display at Trinity College

“Into the Light” Exhibition Coincides with New Art and Architecture Course
What: Into the Light celebrates the conservation of four Italian paintings from the Kress Collection at Trinity College. These four paintings and others from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, along with additional British and American pictures, comprise the nucleus of Old Master pictures at the College.  The exhibition opens with a reception on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. 
 
When: Sept. 23 – Oct. 26, 2014
Opening Reception: Tues., Sept. 23, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
 
Where: Widener Gallery in the Austin Arts Center at Trinity College
300 Summit Street, Hartford, Connecticut, 06106*
*parking via Broad Street entrance to Trinity College
 
Background: The Samuel H. Kress Collection was formed by the businessman and philanthropist Samuel H. Kress (1863–1955) in the early years of the twentieth century and donated to the National Gallery of Art in 1939. The Kress Collection continued to grow through acquisitions by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, so that by the late 1950s it numbered over 3,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, medals and graphic arts. While the bulk of the collection remained in Washington, D.C., the Foundation donated objects to other museums, universities and colleges, among them Trinity College.
 
The exhibition of the Old Master paintings at Trinity also highlights a new course offered by the art history department, AH 202, A Closer Look at Art and Architecture. In this course, students examine original works of art and discuss major art and architectural materials, techniques and artistic processes. The four newly conserved paintings will be a focus of study, giving rise to questions of procedure, history and ethics in conservation today.
 
For more information, please contact Felice Caivano, fine arts curator, Widener Gallery, at 860-297-5232 or Felice.Caivano@trincoll.edu. The Widener Gallery is located in Trinity College’s Austin Arts Center, Hartford, Conn. Gallery hours 1-6 p.m., Sunday through Friday.