Open to the community. Now through December 21.
“Copying the Masters” at Mercy College provides the opportunity to experience the world’s most significant pieces of art seen in the Metropolitan Museum, the Louvre and the National Gallery in London. The collection includes copies of “The Panel of the Lions” by Unknown Artist (ca. 32,000 B.C.), one of many wall paintings from the Chauvet Cave in Southern France that caused art history to be rewritten; Boudin’s “The Beach at Trouville” (1864), owned by actor Cary Grant until it was donated to the Norton Simon Museum in 1978; Van Gogh’s “The Church at Auvers,” (1890), that depicts the church behind which the painter is buried; “Girl Reading at a Table” by Picasso (1953), among others by di Buoninsegna, considered one of the founders of Western European painting; Botticelli, who was commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV to fresco the walls of the Sistine Chapel; Van Goyen, Hiroshige, O’Keefe and more.
“Copying and studying the masters is a time-honored tradition that allows artists to learn and be inspired by the great masters of the past,” says artist Ed Oberhaus. “Even the masters universally copied the masters who preceded them to discover how they handled perspective and space, subject matter, light sources, composition, shadows, coloring, layering and outlining.”
The Mercy College Art Gallery is located in the Library Learning Commons.