Honoring The Memory of An Iconic Art World Figure, “In Light of Venice” Will Benefit the David Rosand Tribute Fund at Columbia University

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Honoring The Memory of An Iconic Art World Figure,

“In Light of Venice” Will Benefit the David Rosand Tribute Fund
at Columbia University
New York: Otto Naumann and Robert Simon jointly announce that their exhibition, “In Light of Venice: Venetian Paintings in Honor of David Rosand, will open on January 11th, 2016 at the Otto Naumann Gallery, 22 East 80 Street in New York. More than thirty important works of the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods — many never before seen publicly — will be on view for this milestone event. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the paintings will benefit the David Rosand Tribute Fund at Columbia University, which was formed last year establishing a Professorship in Italian Renaissance Art History in David Rosand’s honor, as well as to fund other programs important to Venetian studies and to the teaching of art history. These include support for Casa Muraro, Columbia’s residence and study center in Venice, Italy that Professor Rosand first conceived and developed.

Both Naumann and Simon studied art history at Columbia and have continued their scholarly work while operating their eponymous art galleries devoted to Old Master paintings. Simon notes that with the changing focus of academic art history, support is needed to maintain the teaching of the crucial Renaissance period. “With the establishment of the Rosand Professorship in the Italian Renaissance, the subject is insured to be taught in perpetuity by distinguished scholars.”

Adds Naumann: “Our exhibition demonstrates that important works by some of the greatest masters of the period are still on the market and many are certain to find homes in private collections, as well as in museums.”

While the exhibition will feature paintings from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries, the focus will be on the 1500s, the period most studied by Professor Rosand in his many books and publications. Featured artists include Carpaccio, Giovanni Bellini, Palma il Vecchio, Titian, Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese, and Jacopo Bassano.   Other sixteenth-century paintings to be exhibited are by Palma il Giovane, the subject of Professor Rosand’s doctoral dissertation, Bonifazio Veronese, and Paris Bordone. Later Venetian paintings include significant works by Amigoni, Bambini, Guardi, Diziani, and Bernardo Bellotto.

David Rosand received his undergraduate and graduate education at Columbia, earning his Ph.D. in 1965. He was on the faculty there from that time until his death in August 2014, when he held the title of Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History Emeritus. His impact on students at Columbia and in the field of Venetian Studies has been enormous -through his teaching, his groundbreaking publications on Venetian art, and his studies on the making of art spanning all periods.

The exhibition will be held at Otto Naumann, Ltd., 22 East 80th Street, in New York City. Gallery hours during the exhibition will be Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with special Saturday openings from 11 to 4 on January 16, 23, and 30.
For additional information, visit www.ottonaumannltd.com and www.robertsimon.com
Hi-res jpegs are available upon request.

Captions (top to bottom)

Bernardo Bellotto (Venice 1722-1780 Warsaw)
Architectural Capriccio with a Self-portrait in the Costume of a Venetian Nobleman, c. 1762-65
Oil on canvas, 61 1/2 x 44 1/4 inches (Courtesy of Otto Naumann, Ltd.)

Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian
(Pieve di Cadore, ca. 1488- Venice 1576)
St. Sebastian

Oil on Canvas, 74 3/4 x 37 3/4 inches (190×96 cm) (Courtesy of Robert Simon)

Jacopo Palma or Jacopo Negretti, called
Palma il Vecchio
(Serina Alta, Bergamo ca.1480 – Venice 1528 
A Shepherd and Two Women
Oil on panel, 27 1/4 x 37 1/4 inches (69.2 x 94.6) (Courtesy of Robert Simon)

NIccolo Bambini (1651 – Venice 1736)
The Three Graces
Signed and dated on the right on the cloak: NBAMBINI/MDCCXVI (1716)
Oil on canvas; 262 x 183 cm    (Courtesy of Otto Naumann, Ltd.)


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