Noted Art Scholar to Shed Light on Neapolitan Old Master at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on May 6, 2010

Dr. Arthur Blumenthal, founder of Loving Art Partnerships, an international museum consulting firm and director emeritus of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., will make a presentation on “Francesco de Mura in America” hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York at a special event honoring the once-beloved Neopolitan artist on May 12, 2010.

A noted Italian Renaissance and baroque art historian with a Ph.D. from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, Dr. Blumenthal has researched Francesco de Mura (1696 – 1782) for many years in preparation for a major exhibition of his works. While De Mura was once one of the most famous artists in Italy and is represented in major museums in Naples, Rome, Paris, and the U.S. — there has never been an exhibition of his art.

 Dr. Blumenthal has traveled often to Italy to research De Mura, studying the artist’s magnificent Neapolitan fescoes and frescoed ceilings. “I am fortunate enough to collaborate with the Contessa Maria Grazia Leonetti, former director of Naples’ Pio Monte della Misericordia, which holds the world’s largest collection of De Mura paintings,” Dr. Blumethal said. “The Contessa has been instrumental in forming an international partnershipp to forward this wonderful artist.”

 Giving an Italian Old Master artist his due in art history is not new to Blumenthal. While director of the Cornell Museum, he curated an international exhibition titled “Cosimo Rosselli: Painter of the Sistine Chapel” that featured important Rosselli works from throughout the globe. Like De Mura, the Florentine Rosselli had never had an exhibition of his work. Blumenthal is also working with a curatorial Committee on a Rosselli exhibition to be held in Florence.


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