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Dates:Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun from 9/13/19 - 12/15/19
Category:Arts & Culture
A mysterious 16th century Venetian Sacra Conversazione featuring the holy family with a donor and saints Sebastian and Catherine was recently donated to the Davis Museum.

Hidden Histories: Revealing the Life of a Painting examines a 16th century Venetian Sacra Conversazione, recently donated to the Davis Museum.

This Holy Family with Saint Catherine, Saint Sebastian, and a donor was previously attributed to Giorgione, and exists in multiple versions, including one at the Musée du Louvre, Paris.

Several important details in the Davis’s painting, such as the donor figure and the background landscape, differ from the other nearly identical works.

Restorations, like the head of Saint Joseph, are clearly visible on the canvas.

The history of visual change evident in this painting spans centuries, and now raises many questions: Who made it?

How many artists or conservators worked on the painting?

Why are there multiple copies, and why is this work different from the others?

Hidden Histories explores this Sacra Conversazione painting through recent conservation, technical analysis, and an art historical lens to uncover a wealth of new information and highlight the unknown.

Free and open to the public.

Co-curated by Alicia LaTores, Friends of Art Curatorial Research Assistant, and Katherine Davies, Class of 2019, the Summer 2019 Eleanor P.

DeLorme Museum Intern, the exhibition is generously supported by Peter H.

and Joan Macy Kaskell (Class of 1953).




106 Central St, Wellesley, MA, 02481 map

Davis Museum
106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481


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