The Theatrical Baroque

January 9 – April 22, 2001

This exhibition of baroque paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, taken primarily from the Smart Museum's permanent collection, explored the interaction between the visual arts and the theater of the seventeenth century.

The Theatrical Baroque investigated the incorporation of theatrical devices into visual representation, the role of the baroque audience, and the dynamics of social performance as presented in imagery. Like Pious Journeys: Christian Devotional Art and Practice in the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance, this exhibition was one of a series of special projects developed in collaboration among University faculty, students, and the Museum.