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Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe

Passion, violence, and virtue emerge in this exhibition as fundamental, intertwined elements in the artworks of Renaissance Europe.

Organized by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe features more than 40 paintings, prints, sculptures, and luxury wares. These artworks played an essential role in intimate, familial experiences, while also shaping and responding to massive intellectual, political, and religious shifts throughout Europe between 1400 and 1700. Together, the works illuminate the many ways that Renaissance objects lay at the heart of public rituals and individual relationships, offering insights into the social, sexual, cultural, and visual experiences of their audiences.


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