Final two weeks to see OF HEAVEN AND EARTH

Media Contact: Chris Potash, (610) 432-4333, ext 125, cpotash [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org

August 26, 2014

Exhibition of iconic Italian paintings ends September 7


Allentown, PA—An exhibition of master paintings by some of the greatest names in
European art ends its East Coast summer residency at the Allentown Art Museum on
Sunday, September 7. Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from
Glasgow Museums
features works by Italian Renaissance and Baroque masters such as
Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Francesco Guardi, Salvator Rosa, and Titian, many of
which have never before been exhibited in the United States. This is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to see these forty major works; after Allentown, the exhibition will travel
west to the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Society of the Arts (SOTA), the exhibition is free
to all visitors, Wednesday-Saturday 11-4 and Sunday noon-4. “The elimination of our
admission fees this summer, and dual-language labels in English and Spanish, are
intended to deliver a message that in this, our eightieth anniversary year, the Allentown
Art Museum is accessible to all and that we encourage everyone to experience what this
extraordinary community institution has to offer,” says David Mickenberg, Priscilla Payne
Hurd President and CEO of the Art Museum.

Also on display through September 7 is a rare first edition of eighty prints by the
Spanish artist Francisco Goya (1746–1828). Los Caprichos—meaning “follies” or
“caprices”―lampoons both high-class and low, providing an edgy analysis of the human
condition while denouncing superstition and social abuses. The exhibition also features
contemporary works inspired by Los Caprichos by artists Emily Lombardo and Enrique
Chagoya, and by Edward Hagedorn from 1925.

On closing day for both exhibitions, September 7, the Society of the Arts (SOTA)
celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with a special schedule of events, all FREE:
Noon–3:30 Latin music in Auditorium lobby, light refreshments served
Noon–3:30 Latin/Hispanic art project in Art Ways, Sombrero and Paper Flowers
12:15 p.m. Spanish-language tour of the Museum's permanent collection
1 p.m. Lehigh University professor Ricardo Viera presents "The Latino Presence in
American Art" (free tickets, ask at front desk or call to reserve: 610-432-4333 ext 110)
2 p.m. Tour of the exhibition Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos, in English
31 N. 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18101
610-432-4333 (P) • 610-434-7409 (F)
2:45 p.m. Tango dancing and guitar player, in front of building (weather permitting)
or inside in Trexler Gallery

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is located at 31 North Fifth Street,
Allentown, Pennsylvania. For directions or more information call 610-432-4333 ext 110
or visit the Museum’s website at

Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums is organized by the
American Federation of Arts and Glasgow Museums. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity
from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. The exhibition tour is generously supported
by the JFM Foundation and Mrs. Donald M. Cox. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and
Richard S. Lane and Christie's.

Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA,
in association with Denenberg Fine Art, West Hollywood, CA.

Presenting Sponsors
The Audrey and Bernard Berman Endowment Fund
Duggan & Marcon
The Gadomski Foundation
The Leon C. and June W. Holt Endowment
The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Major Sponsors
CITY CENTER Lehigh Valley
Lafayette Ambassador Bank and Clermont Wealth Strategies

Sustaining Sponsors
Allentown Art Museum Auxiliary
The Audrey and Bernard Berman Endowment Fund
Hank and Joanne Barnette
The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation
Ted and Suzanne Lyons
RCN of Pennsylvania
Missy and Sam Saxton

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