The Golden Age of European Painting

June 14 - September 14, 2014

Sponsored by:

Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and
the New York State Legislature.

The Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Family Foundation, Inc.

Empire State Development’s Division of Tourism Market New York Funds


Free to MWPAI members and children under 12
$10 general admission; $5 for students


Dramatic portraits, detailed scenes of everyday life, religious paintings, landscapes, still life images, and themes from classical antiquity are featured in The Golden Age of European Painting. The exhibition includes more than 70 major paintings by European masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Tiepolo, Gainsborough, Hogarth, and others.

Luxuriously dressed princesses, soldiers, kings, singers, clergymen, and actors are the types of people whose portraits will be on view. A virtual pantheon of gods and goddesses parade through the canvases inspired by the ancient world, demonstrating an obsession with Greece and Rome that began with the Renaissance and continued well into the 19th century. By contrast, the artworks that depict everyday life provide a tantalizing glimpse of the minutiae of daily existence – household goods, interior decoration, and daily chores – in Western Europe 400 years ago.

Tremendous changes swept through Europe during the two hundred years in which the art in this exhibition was produced. Religious upheavals changed the way people thought about and utilized art. Trade routes to faraway lands, such as China and India, became more established, ensuring a steady stream of exotic goods for European consumers. Advances in the sciences transformed long‑held views on the way the universe worked and the place of humans within that universe. These exciting times resulted in a golden age of European painting. The number of artists and the number of art collectors grew exponentially during this period, as the fine arts reached an increasingly wider audience.

Highlighting work from Italy, France, Spain, Flanders, the Netherlands, Germany, and England, The Golden Age of European Painting has been organized by the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky.

Faces of The Golden Age Selfie Contest

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute’s newest exhibit is going on now. The Golden Age of European Painting features over 70 priceless works of art. While you are there enter in the “Faces of The Golden Age” contest in which the winner will receive a 16GB Apple Ipad. All you have to do is go to the exhibit, take a selfie with the provided props within the exhibit and you will be entered in to win the Apple Ipad. There will be 30 people randomly chosen between June 25 and September 14, 2014 from the entries. Those people who qualify will be invited to a gathering at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and then one winner will be randomly chosen and awarded the Apple Ipad.

Drawing to be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute will host the gathering to randomly draw for the grand prize winner. It will be from 5:30-7:30 pm and the qualifiers must be present to win. There will be refreshments and random prize drawings for some lower level prizes.

Grand Prize is 16 GB Apple Ipad with Retina Display (Value $399)


Docent Guided Group Tours: Groups of 10 or more receive a discounted exhibition admission of $8 per person when booking in advance. Phone 315-797-0000, ext. 2170 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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