Nancy E. Edwards, curator of European art and head of academic services at the Kimbell Art Museum, will present a lecture entitled “Underground: The Hidden Past of Kimbell Masterpieces” as part of the Museum’s “Art in Context” series, on Wednesday, November 7, at 12:30 p.m., in the Museum auditorium.
Some masterpieces have been acclaimed for centuries, while others have fallen into obscurity after being sold and removed from the public eye, or devalued due to changes in taste or disputed attribution. In this free lecture, Edwards will discuss several works in the Kimbell collection with intriguing histories, including a Renaissance terracotta bust of Isabella d’Este, which was rescued by allied forces from a salt mine where it had been stored by the Nazis during World War II, and Michelangelo’s earliest painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony, which was in private hands and little known until its recent purchase by the Kimbell.
Before joining the staff of the Kimbell in 1993, Edwards taught art history at Texas Christian University and the University of Dallas, Irving. A specialist in Italian Renaissance art, she was curator of the 2009 exhibition Art and Love in Renaissance Italy, co-organized with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and a contributor to the exhibition catalogue. She also wrote an essay for the exhibition catalogue that accompanied the acclaimed exhibition Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome, which was on view at the Kimbell from October 16, 2011, to January 8, 2012.