Jule Collins Smith Museum to bring works by Europe’s ‘Old Masters’ to Auburn

AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will open a new exhibition of drawings featuring 42 works by European painters, sculptors and draftsmen on July 31.

The visiting exhibition, “Old Master Drawings from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art,” will be in the museum’s Chi Omega-Hargis Gallery through Nov. 6.

With works spanning the 16th through 18th centuries, the exhibition focuses on the study of the human form, portraiture, architectural rendering and compositional design, offering a broad look at drawing’s utility and function.

The drawings range from spontaneous sketches in black and red chalk to minutely detailed renderings in watercolor. Among artists featured in the exhibition are Jean Honoré Fragonard, Angelica Kauffmann and Jean-Baptiste Oudry.

The works in “Old Master Drawings” were selected from the Ringling’s diverse holdings of nearly 14,000 objects. Established in 1927 as a legacy of the great circus impresario and his wife to the people of Florida, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, located in Sarasota, is highly regarded by art critics for its collection of European paintings and works on paper, along with many fine examples of American and Asian art.

Additional information about the exhibition and the Jule Collins Smith Museum is available on the web at www.jcsm.auburn.edu.

(Contributed by Colleen Bourdeau.)

Contact: Colleen Bordeau, (334) 844-7075 (cst0001@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)

Giovanni Domeico Tiepolo, (Italian, 1727-1804), Flying Cherubs on Clouds, pen and brown ink with brush and brown and gray wash over traces of graphite, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art