Exhibition Face to face

The exhibition Face to Face: Flanders, Florence, and Renaissance Painting explores how Flemish artists helped make the innovative, sophisticated, and beautiful works of the Italian Renaissance possible. Face to face shows 29 paintings and about six illuminated manuscripts by artists such as Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Pietro Perugino, and Domenico Ghirlandaio drawn from The Huntington's collections and those of several other institutions in the United States and Europe.

Viewers will be able to see The Huntington's acclaimed Virgin and Child (ca. 1460) by Flemish painter Rogier van der Weyden displayed alongside its companion diptych panel, Portrait of Philippe de Croÿ, on loan from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA) in Antwerp. The KMSKA also loaned its Man with a Roman Coin by Hans Memling and the Diptych of Christiaan de Hondt, abbott at Ter Duinen by the Master of 1499.

Face to Face is co-curated by Catherine Hess, chief curator of European art at The Huntington, and Paula Nuttall, author of From Flanders to Florence: The Impact of Netherlandish Painting, 1400-1500.

The exhibition will juxtapose Flemish and Italian works in thematic groupings, exploring the form of the diptych, the depiction of the face of Christ, the evolution of portraiture, elements of landscape painting, and the virtuosic rendering of forms and textures.


Face to face: Flanders, Florence, and Renaissance Painting
28 September 2013 - 13 January 2014
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
San Marino, California