The Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art might be among the four museums in the United States scheduled to have an exhibition of major works from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, “Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris.”
The exhibition is arranged through the American Federation of Art with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and in-kind support from Barbara and Richard S. Lane. It includes such drawings by Titian, Leonardo da Vinci and Nicolas Poussin, among others. There are also prints from Rembrandt and Albrecht Dürer.
The exhibition would be here in spring 2015, tentatively Feb. 19 to May 17.
Frank Verpoorten, director and chief curator of the museum, announced the exhibition on last weekend’s edition of “Newsmakers,” and Mary Deissler, the museum’s chief advancement officer, confirmed the museum is planning on the exhibition but added that some details are not yet firm.
The full exhibition has 140 works, spanning the school’s collection of works on the heroes of mythology and the Bible from the 17th century on. The Ecole is the original fine art school of Paris and has been the repository for work from many of Europe’s most famous artists.
“It’s a blockbuster for us ... it is an international exhibition,” Verpoorten said in the interview.
The 2013-14 schedule for the museum, which also includes some international exhibitions, will be announced in April.