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European Splendors: Old Master Paintings from the Kress Collection at BYU MoA

Feb. 18 – July 30

The BYU Museum of Art is set to open a new exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque paintings on February 18. European Splendors: Old Master Paintings from the Kress Collection will feature 29 masterpieces by artists such as Tintoretto, Salvator Rosa, Moretto, and more showcasing the rich tradition of these eras through portraiture, landscapes, Christ-centered devotional images, and more.

These priceless artworks will be displayed in Utah for the very first time, captivating audiences with their beauty, grandeur, and reverence, as part of a travelling exhibition organized by the Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York. Additionally, the MOA has created an adjacent exhibition featuring several works from its own collection of European paintings. The result is a breathtaking collection of works that will leave audiences of all ages marveling.

“Samuel H. Kress created one of the largest private collections of Italian art in his time, and then worked hard to ensure it could be enjoyed by people across the nation and the world,” explained MOA Head Curator Ashlee Whitaker. “It’s a thrill to have such a quality and varied sampling of the Kress Collection here for our community to experience; it will take our audience back through centuries of artistic development, appealing places, intriguing personalities, and faith-based expression.”

The exhibition’s opening night will be marked with one of the Museum’s popular Art After Dark events. This free celebration will showcase the new exhibition with gallery activities, art projects, live music from John Allred, and cannoli from the Mighty Baker. It is open to all who wish to attend, and registration is not required, but, per University policy, all attendees must wear masks and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test in order to attend.

European Splendors will be on display at the BYU Museum of Art, free of admission charges, through the end of July. More information about the exhibition, including a preview of several of the artworks on display, is available at https://moa.byu.edu/european-splendors/. Details on the Art After Dark event are available at https://moa.byu.edu/events/art-after-dark-european-splendors/.


One of the largest and best-attended university art museums in the Mountain West, the BYU Museum of Art offers a dynamic exhibition schedule that includes displays of its permanent collection, world-class traveling shows and thought-provoking exhibitions organized by museum curators. One of the museum’s most important roles is its contribution to the academic mission of Brigham Young University. From the research and study of the artworks in the permanent collection, to the teaching and learning that occurs in classrooms and galleries, the museum plays an important role in the academic pursuits of many students at BYU. Concurrently, the museum seeks to connect to broad community audiences through its exhibitions, educational programming, and online outreach.

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