A Grand Flourish: Drawings of Architectural Ornament from the Permanent Collection

Perino del Vaga (Italian 1501–1547), <em>A Design for a Section of a Frieze Decoration</em>, ca. 1540–45, pen and brown ink and wash on laid paper. On extended loan as a promised gift from Mr. John D. Reilly '63, L1997.057.001.

Perino del Vaga (Italian 1501–1547), A Design for a Section of a Frieze Decoration, ca. 1540–45, pen and brown ink and wash on laid paper. On extended loan as a promised gift from Mr. John D. Reilly '63, L1997.057.001.

SNITE Museum of Art January 15–April 1, 2012

Organized by art history graduate student Elizabeth Petersen, this focus exhibition explored the decorative principles established in Italy by the renaissance humanist and architect Leon Battista Alberti (1401–1472) and their dissemination to France in subsequent centuries. Rarely displayed drawings by Perino del Vaga, Giorgio Vasari, Charles de la Fosse, Charles Percier, Gilles-Marie Oppenord, and Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune among others introduced the integral, if subordinate, role of ornament in architecture.