Delaware Art Museum Showcases Marie Spartali Stillman

“Poetry in Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelite art of Marie Spartali Stillman” will be on display beginning in November.

Pre-Raphaelite aficionados, this is for you: “Poetry in Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelite art of Marie Spartali Stillman” will be on display at the Delaware Art Museum Nov. 7-Jan. 31. Marie Spartali Stillman (1844–1927) was one of a small number of professional female artists working in the second half of the 19th century.

She was an important presence in the Victorian art world of her time and closely affiliated with members of the Pre-Raphaelite circle. “Poetry in Beauty,” the first retrospective of Spartali Stillman’s work, will showcase about 50 works by the artist. Spartali Stillman’s style reflects her British Pre-Raphaelite training, as well as the influence of Renaissance art, derived from the many years she lived and worked in Italy.

Works from public and private collections in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, many of which have not been exhibited since Spartali Stillman’s lifetime, will also be on view.

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The exhibition is co-curated by Margaretta Frederick, Delaware Art Museum’s chief curator and Annette Woolard-Provine, curator of the Bancroft Collection, and Jan Marsh, a noted Pre-Raphaelite scholar who is working on the Late Victorian Catalogue at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Before “Poetry in Beauty,” don’t missHelen Farr Sloan, 1911-2005” Sept. 26-Jan. 10. A painter, printmaker, and art instructor, Helen Farr Sloan (1911-2005) dedicated most of her life to promoting the art of her husband, realist painter and illustrator John Sloan (1871-1951).

Sloan was one of the Delaware Art Museum’s greatest benefactors, donating more than 4,700 works of art (including almost 2,700 works by John Sloan) and the John Sloan Manuscript Collection, transforming the museum into the largest repository of his work and an invaluable resource for scholars of early 20th-century American art.

Helen Farr Sloan, 1911-2005” honors her legacy as an artist, philanthropist and resource for generations of scholars. It showcases about 30 of the paintings, prints and drawings she produced between 1925 and 1980. Only a few of Helen Farr Sloan’s works entered the permanent collection of the Delaware Art Museum during her lifetime.


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