A Closer Look

Take a closer look at objects in the collection to discover fascinating details in the materials, narrative, or artists. Each clip will help you better understand the past as well as enjoy the objects in M&G’s collection.

In addition to highlighting traditional symbols associated with John the Baptist, Castillo’s painting illustrates how renderings of this prophet changed over time.

Countless painters over the centuries have been inspired to recreate scenes from Christ’s passion week. In addition to providing a sampling of these masterful images, this month’s Closer Look also includes an imaginative dialogue between two centurions who were intimately involved in this historic event.

Although indebted to Italian painting, Philippe de Champaigne is unique in his ability to combine French elegance with profound psychological realism.

Marietta Robusti’s Allegory of Wisdom is an excellent example of how Renaissance artists used both Christian and mythological iconography to explore a theme.

In this triptych the artist beautifully pictures several of the most familiar Christmas story events.

Jan Gossaert, called Mabuse, was one of the first Netherlandish painters to integrate an Italian and Northern style. His beautiful Madonna of the Fireplace in one stunning example of his skill.

Anthony Van Dyck’s Mother of Sorrows is a beautiful visual essay revealing his prowess in the art of portraiture and in his mastery of contemplative religious painting.

 This arresting Mary Magdalene Turning from the World to Christ iidentifies Jan van Bijlert with the Utrecht Caravaggisti. The work is an beautiful blending of dramatic qualities of naturalism with the brilliant precision of classicism

The historical and iconographic details in this early Spanish painting by Jaun de Flandes make it one of M&G’s most intriguing works.

Domenico Zampieri’s St. John the Evangelist is not only a stunning example of the classical Baroque style but arguably one of the most important 17th century pictures in America.

Salvator Rosa’s panoramic view of Christ’s baptism is not only a beautiful illustration of the Savior’s humility but a stunning example of 17th century landscape painting.

The Last Supper was a common subject among 16th century artists; however, the intriging iconography in Stefano Cernotto’s rendering displays and inventiveness that is unique.

Giovanni Filippo Criscuolo’s The Last Judgment provides a fascinating study not only for its religious iconography but also for its theological and literary allusions.

The refinement of High Renaissance art motivated mannerist painters like Francesco Cavazzoni to explore other avenues of expression. Legend of the Finding of the True Cross provides an intriguing example.

The extraordinary life-like quality of the characters in this work illustrate why Francois de Troy was one of the 17th century’s most popular portrait painters.

Art historian Georges Marlier describes The Holy Family in the Carpenter Shop as “a magnificent work which equals the most beautiful Caravaggio.”

Guido Reni is one of the foremost artists of the Bolognese school. Learn about his rendering of the four gospel writers from the founder of our Museum & Gallery, Dr. Bob Jones, Jr.

The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence was a popular subject during the Baroque era.  Francesco de Rosa’s rendering illustrates the “high drama” of the story.

The European furniture in the Museum & Gallery collection has been called the finest in America by Joseph Aronson, author of The Encyclopedia of Furniture. This beautiful Italian cassone is a good example.

Art historian Michael Jaffe notes that Rubens’s Christ marks a watershed in Christian iconography. Watch the video to learn more.

Christ often chose to subtly correct His disciples through simple, but poignant illustrations. Mattia Preti beautifully captures one such moment.

The Della Robbia family is famous—for their secret artistic recipe. Watch to learn more about a pair of sculpture and this family of artists represented in M&G’s collection.