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Christmas Exhibition: Puligo's 'Sacra Famiglia'

DATES December 03, 1965 through January 03, 1966
ORGANIZING DEPARTMENT European Painting and Sculpture
  • October 31, 1965 TWELVE YEARS OF COLLECTING: 1953-1965

    One hundred and fifty prints and drawings selected from gifts and purchases made by the Department of Prints and Drawings over the past twelve years.

    -- Through December 26, 1965

    THE CHRISTMAS PAINTING - "La Sacra Famiglia" by Domenico Puligo (Florentine, 1475-1527)

    The annual Christmas loan comes this year from the Borghese Gallery in Rome. The painting has not been exhibited before in the United States.

    -- December 6, 1965 to January 3, 1966


    For the first time in this country, a major show of the most precious of the minor arts of antiquity - gold jewelry of the Hellenistic Period - is being undertaken. A comprehensive catalog will accompany the exhibition.

    -- January 20, 1966 to March 9, 1966


    A selection of contemporary prints by American artists living in this country will be on view. New methods and materials in the art of printmaking will be revealed in a wide variety of subject matter.

    -- February 1, 1966 to May 29, 1966


    The Museum will present the first retrospective exhibition of this 19th century American artist. Neglected until recently, Hamilton (1819-1878) achieved an unusually loose and luminous style for his time and is often called the “American Turner."

    -- March 29, 1966 to May 22, 1966


    The Garden, containing architectural ornaments from buildings now demolished in the New York City area, will open on the occasion of the Annual Ball.

    -- April 23, 1966


    A private collection of Egyptian, Near Eastern and Greek art.

    -- June 7, 1966 to October 2, 1966

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1953 - 1970. 1965, 023
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  • November 30, 1965 For the last five years The Brooklyn Museum has brought to this country for the Christmas season a work of art from a great European collection, never before exhibited in the United States. This year, the Galleria Borghese in Rome has graciously consented to loan one of their masterworks, Domenico Puligo's "La Sacra Famiglia." The painting will be on view in the Museum’s Entrance Lobby from December 6, 1965 through January 3, 1966.

    Puligo was born in Florence in 1492. His artistic training began in the workshop of Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, and continued with Fra Bartolomeo and Andrea del Sarto, two painters of great eminence who helped form the 16th century style in Florence and Rome. Puligo developed a distinct style of his own, particularly evident in his softly rendered Madonna pictures. When he died of the plague in 1527 he had become one of the prime representatives of early Mannerism in Italy.

    Shown in this scene of the Sacred Family, painted about 1520, are the Virgin and Child with St. Joseph, and the child, St. John the Baptist. The soft tonalities and mist-like quality of the background lend to the work both relief and grace.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1953 - 1970. 1965, 024
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