Serial Flirtations: Rotari’s Muses

Feb 21, 2017 1063

When: From Friday, March 03, 2017 to Monday, July 31, 2017
Where: Norton Simon Museum, 411 West Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
Organized by : Norton Simon Museum - Entrance : Free

The Norton Simon Museum presents an intimate exhibition examining Pietro Rotari (1707–1762), an illustrious Italian artist who found success and fortune in Vienna and beyond, ultimately becoming court painter to Empress Elizabeth of Russia. Serial Flirtations: Rotari’s Muses brings together eight paintings from the Simon holdings attributed to Rotari and his studio, including his iconic Young Girl Writing a Love Letter. Six rarely displayed character studies, all of which were returned to the artist’s family after his death in St. Petersburg and retained until the 1970s by the Cartolari family, his heirs, will be featured as a set. As a whole, the installation commemorates Rotari’s inclination to summon his muses and celebrates the 310th anniversary of the artist’s birth.


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