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Seattle Art Museum: Flesh and Blood

Although the Seattle Art Museum tends to focus more on modern and contemporary art, they occasionally host a show that brings in art from the past. This fall and winter, The Capodimonte Museum in Naples, Italy lent the Seattle Art Museum several of its Renaissance, Mannerist, and Baroque masterpieces. For a museum as new as the SAM, it was incredible to have all of these paintings in one place!

According to the exhibition website, the goal of this show was to "reveal the aspirations and limitations of the human body and the many ways it can express love and devotion, physical labor, and tragic suffering." With works by Artemesia Gentileschi, Titian, Annibale Carracci, Parmigiano, and other masters, this goal was certainly achieved. Each painting was carefully curated to show case human emotions. The placards were well written, providing analysis and background information that was easy to understand.

If you are in the Seattle area, I highly recommend checking out the show!

My favorite work from the show, Pietà by Annibale Carracci.

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