Art in Alamo City

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I know, this is hardly local, but bear with me, it is interesting.

While spending the holidays with family, we've visited the McNay Art Museum and the San Antonio Museum of Art.

At the McNay, Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker , a collection of paintings collected by Dutch art dealer Jacques Goudstikker which were pillaged by the Nazis in WWII and only recently returned (in part) to Goudstikker's family.

Remarkably, Goudstikker's notebook was recovered, accounting for all the paintings he ever purchased. Both the notebook and the NcNay's Reclaimed exhibition are featured on interactive Web sites.

Goudstikkers collection consisted mainly of works from the Dutch Golden Age.
  • McNay Art Museum
  • Goudstikker's collection consisted mainly of works from the Dutch Golden Age.

The exhibition closes on Jan. 10.

Meanwhile, SAMA currently hosts The Arts of the Missions of Northern New Spain: 1600-1821, which features grandiose Catholic art. Most interestingly, the show includes one specimen from the Taylor Collection at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The piece is a rare hide painting, which was used in the early days of missionary work in Northern New Spain (primarily the southwest states today) as ultra-portable icons.

Catholic art is often highly emotional.
  • San Antonio Museum of Art
  • Catholic art is often highly emotional.

This exhibition closes on Jan. 3.

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