Highlights From the Collection

The UNM Art Museum is the largest fine art collection in New Mexico.  Look for a new gem each month.

Andrea Vicentino (Italian, c. 1542 – 1617)
The Judgement of Solomon, c. 1580
Oil on canvas
22 x 37 inches
The Albert A. Anella Collection in memory of Mia Anella

Guess What?

In 1577, the Doge’s Palace in Venice, Italy was ravaged by a severe fire, requiring significant reconstruction and the commissioning of several new artworks to replace damaged masterpieces. One of the artists tasked with creating new work for the palace was the accomplished history painter Andrea Vicentino, originally Andrea Michielli,  whose sweeping masterpiece, The Battle of Lepanto, still hangs in the palace today. An oil sketch by Vicentino from around this period, entitled The Judgement of Solomon, is held by the UNM Art Museum — one of several late Italian Renaissance and Baroque artworks in the museum’s permanent collections.

This modestly-sized painting illustrates many of the hallmarks of the ebullient mannerism that made Vicentino a popular choice for more monumental civic and religious commissions in Venice during the latter half of the sixteenth century. The dramatic Biblical narrative is marked by Vicentino’s signature rich, saturated tones, bold use of contrast, and emphatic gestures. Caught in the tense climax of Solomon’s most famous judgement, this vivid scene captures both the emotional intensity and authoritative grandeur that made Vicentino such a natural choice for the sanctuaries and palaces of Venice’s elite.



January 2017’s Highlight

D. Wilson
Parasite of Pig, c. 1855
Albumen photomicrograph
10 x 7-1/2 inches
Museum purchase

December 2016’s Highlight

David Hare (American, 1917 – 1992)
Thirsty Man, 1946
31 x 12 x 7 inches
Purchased with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, with matching funds from the UNM Foundation, and the Friends of Art
© The Estate of David Hare, courtesy Weinstein Gallery

Novemeber 2016’s Highlight

Gerald Laing (British, 1936 – 2011)

Skydiver VIII, 1964
Oil and graphite on canvas
116-1/4 x 96 inches
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Findlay
© Estate of Gerald Laing, Image Courtesy of Geistlight Photography

October 2016’s Highlight

Clinton Adams (American, 1918 – 2002)
Tamarind Institute (American, established Albuquerque, 1970)
Triad III, 1980
Color lithograph
The Tamarind Archive Collection
©The University of New Mexico Art Museum

September 2016’s Highlight

Kenneth Adams (American, 1897 – 1966)
Church at San Antonito, 1934
Oil on canvas
29-1/2 x 40 inches
Acquired through the Works Projects Administration (WPA) of the Federal Government

August 2016’s Highlight

Oli Sihvonen (American, 1921 – 1991)
Dialogue Spring, 1964 – 1965
Oil on canvas
72 x 52 inches
Museum purchase
© The Estate of Oli Sihvonen

July 2016’s Highlight

Nuestra Senora del Refugio (Our Lady of Refuge)
Mid-19th century
Paint on tin
13-1/2 x 10 inches
Gift of C. Andrew Sutherland in memory of Angia Rosa Sutherland

June 2016’s Highlight

Betty Hahn (American, b. 1940)
Untitled (woman in green house), 1972
Gum bichromate with colored thread embroidery on fabric
Purchase through the Julius L. Rolshoven Memorial Fund

May 2016’s Highlight

Unknown Maker, Bactrian Culture
Seated female figure, 2300 – 1600 BCE
Carved stone (most likely calcite and steatite)
Gift of Bernard F. Pracko II

April 2016’s Highlight

Utagawa Toyokuni III (Japanese, 1786 – 1865), attributed to, Samurai Holding a Sword, 1864, Color woodblock print, Gift of the Mandelman-Ribak Foundation, 2008.3.15

March 2016’s Highlight

Unknown photographerUntitled (Émile Zola photographing a doll, Verneuil-sur-Seine), c. 1897, printed c. 1975, Gelatin silver print, 3 x 2-1/8 inches, Gift of Jean Adhémar, 76.47

February 2016’s Highlight

Patrick Nagatani (American, b. 1945), Fin de Siècle, Bat Flight Amphitheater, Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, from the series Nuclear Enchantment, 1989, Chromogenic print on Ilfocolor Deluxe paper, edition 2/24, 17 x 22 inches, Museum purchase, Julius L. Rolshoven Memorial Fund, 90.35.2, © Patrick Nagatani, Image courtesy of the Artist

January 2016’s Highlight

Julius L. Rolshoven (American, 1858-1930), The Chief (Pablo Suazo), c. 1918, 91-3/4 x 50 inches, Gift of Mrs. Julius L. Rolshoven, 64.25

December 2015’s Highlight

Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887 – 1986), White Flowers, 1926, Oil on canvas, 12 x 32 inches, Gift from the Estate of Georgia O’Keeffe, 87.21.2

November 2015’s Highlight

John Loengard (American, b. 1934), O’Keeffe’s Hand with Stone, 1966, Gelatin silver print mounted to card stock, 10-3/8 x 15-7/8 inches, Gift of Ray A. Graham III, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, 2007.34.49, © Time, Inc.

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