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Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Bartolomeo Montagna, St. Jerome in Penitence After extensive restoration, one of the treasures of the National Gallery's Renaissance collection featured in a special exhibition

Ottawa, Canada - November 22, 2002

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«Bartolomeo Montagna, Saint Jérôme pénitent Après des mois de restauration, un joyau de la collection de la Renaissance du MBAC fait l'objet d'une exposition spéciale »

One of the jewels of the National Gallery of Canada's (NGC) Renaissance collection, Bartolomeo Montagna's St. Jerome in Penitence, has been restored to vibrant life after months of work. It will be on view in a special exhibition from 8 November 2002 to 2 February 2003, before returning to its rightful place in the European galleries.
Painted around 1500 by one of the masters of the Venetian Renaissance, this spectacular canvas was acquired by the NGC in 1929 but has not been shown for many years because of the discoloration of its varnish. Due to the magnitude of restoration required, the work was postponed from year to year, until the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles got in touch with one of the NGC's conservators, Anne Ruggles.

Thanks to the cooperation of the Getty Museum and their conservator, Elisabeth Mention, and a grant from the NGC Foundation, the Gallery was able to give Anne Ruggles the assignment of breathing new life into this painting, on which time had taken such a toll. The result of this effort of many months is extraordinary.

The exhibition, which highlights the restoration of Montagna's St Jerome in Penitence, includes five other works from the National Gallery and public collections:
St. Jerome Penitent, by Domenico di Michelino
St. Jerome in a Landscape, by Bartolomeo Montagna
Plan of Vicenza, by an anonymous cartographer
St. Jerome in Penitence, with Two Ships in a Harbour, by an anonymous Florentine artist
St. Jerome in the Wilderness, after Titian.

Come and see these marvellous creations for yourself and find out about the painstaking work involved in restoring Montagna's St. Jerome. Admission is free

The National Gallery of Canada gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the J. Paul Getty Museum and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation in sponsoring this restoration.

Exhibitions for the autumn of 2002
This fall, the National Gallery of Canada is presenting an exceptional variety of exhibitions and installations, including:

Art Walks
Until 27 December 2002
Library

The Print in Itay 1550 - 1620
Until 5 January 2003
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Galleries

Jade, the Ultimate Treasure of Ancient China
Until 5 January 2003
Canadian Galleries A113 & A114

Marion Tuu'luq
Until 12 January 2003
Contemporary Galleries B106-108

Max Dean
Until 9 February 2003
Contemporary Galleries B108 & B209 

 

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