Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart’s Renaissance
an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, October 5, 2010–January 17, 2011; and the National Gallery, London, February 23–May 30, 2011
Catalog of the exhibition edited by Maryan W. Ainsworth. Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale University Press, 484 pp., $85.00
The exhibition on Jan Gossart organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery, London, celebrates a Netherlandish painter of the early sixteenth century who is little known except by historians, yet deserves wider attention. He not only introduced a new appreciation of classicism to the art of northern Europe, thereby bringing it closer to the concerns and achievements of the Italian Renaissance, but he produced remarkably beautiful and complex portraits and mythological and biblical paintings.