Venetian Art and Star Wars Exhibits in Denver by Angelo Sita

I noticed in today’s CAIO St. Louis (Jan 6, 2017) that there is a review of two new Italian restaurants in Denver. The reviews are in the News from Italy section of the web page. For those who may be planning a trip to Denver, there are two exhibits at the Denver Museum of Art that may be of interest.

The First Exhibit is the Glory of Venice – Masterworks of the Renaissance. This exhibit highlights Venetian Renaissance paintings.

The Second Exhibit may be of interest to Star Wars fans, especially with a new Star Wars movie currently showing around St. Louis.  The exhibit features costumes for the Star War movies.

I have copied descriptions of both exhibits from the Denver Museum of Art’s webpage and have included them below.

If you have the opportunity to attend, please send a review to CIAO St. Louis and let our readers know if you enjoyed the exhibits.


     The Glory of Venice – Masterworks of the Renaissance     

Experience the extraordinary creativity of Venice from the mid-1400s to early 1500s, when artists forged a Renaissance style that was distinctly Venetian. Through this artistic evolution, the city became an internationally recognized model of pictorial excellence. Artworks in the exhibition emphasize how masters during this period—whose sensitivity toward color and light remained unparalleled for centuries—veered from traditional techniques and began using oil paint to experiment with depth, emotion, and dimension in their work.

Glory of Venice features about 50 significant works, and provides visitors with a rare opportunity to experience 19 artworks from Venice’s Gallerie dell’Accademia, which houses one of the greatest collections of Venetian Renaissance art in the world. Additional masterworks on view include painting     son loan from the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice, and the Fondazione Magnani Rocca in Parma, Italy, as well as signature paintings in the DAM’s collection.

A fully illustrated exhibition catalog, published by the DAM, will accompany the exhibition.

Glory of Venice is co-curated by Angelica Daneo, curator of painting and sculpture at the DAM, and Dr. Giovanna Damiani, former Superintendent of the Museums of the City of Venice and current Director of the State Museums of Sardinia. After the exhibition closes at the DAM, it will travel to the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance is organized by the Denver Art Museum in collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. It is presented with generous support from Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Robert Lehman Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, John Brooks Incorporated, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.





On View through April 2, 2017

Hamilton Building – Level 2

Ticketed with member discount
For tickets, purchase online or call 720-913-0130.

Take a unique journey into the Star Wars™ universe as characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 70 original costumes. Star Wars and the Power of Costume will closely examine the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in all seven films of the Star Wars series—from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor.

Watch the designers and actors through several exhibition videos. Learn cultural and historic context as interpreted by Smithsonian scholars. Experience the processes of concept artists and costume designers with interactive encounters. Explore the artistry of the world’s most recognized cinematic costumes, including Queen Amidala, Chewbacca, X-Wing Pilots, and Droids, including C-3PO and R2-D2.

This exhibition goes beyond the chronological, literary, or filmic order often used to chronicle Star Wars. It focuses instead on the creative process, encompassing the essence of George Lucas’ vision and the exciting challenge of translating his iconic characters into a dynamic reality.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in partnership with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and in consultation with Lucasfilm Ltd. Objects in this exhibition are on loan from the Archives of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Star Wars™ and all related characters, names and indicia are trademarks of & copyright © & TM 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.

The presentation at the Denver Art Museum is generously funded by the Kemper/UMB Foundations, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Lu and Chris Law, and Fine Arts Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.


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