New Exhibit on Art in Renaissance Italy Opens in Chicago

"The Uses of Art in Renaissance Italy" will be displayed at the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago through August 22, 2004. From the Museum's website:

Drawing principally on the Smart Museum's permanent collection, The Uses of Art in Renaissance Italy considers the daily life of strikingly diverse objects: a silver reliquary, a marble tabernacle, an embroidered chasuble, a birth bowl -- as well as altarpieces, works on paper and a selection of important medals. By focusing on original sites of display, engagement, and interaction, the exhibition calls attention to the rich interplay of form and function in early modern material culture and situates the contemporary notion of "art" within its historical context.

For more information about the exhibit, click on the headline link above.