Openings and Closings: June 16 to June 22

Elizabeth Lanza Art, Exhibitions

A Wintry Blast on the Stourbridge Canal by Sir Frank Short (1857–1945), 1890. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Promised gift of Frank Raysor.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

Teacher and printmaker Sir Frank Short was known for his revival of the printmaking processes of mezzotint and pure aquatint as well as for expanding the capabilities of techniques such as drypoint, etching, and engraving. His achievements have been underappreciated, but the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is making up for that with their new exhibition Sir Frank Short: Out of the Shadows. Showcasing more than two dozen prints drawn from the Frank Raysor Collection, the show properly honors Short’s depictions of the natural world. As you’re making plans to visit the exhibition in person, make sure to check here before you head out.

Saint Ursula by Bartholomeus Spranger (1546–1611), c. 1583. Christopher Bishop Fine Art, New York, New York.

Christopher Bishop Fine Art, New York

Three years ago, while perusing a private collection, art dealer Christopher Bishop came across something that struck his eye. A drawing of a young saint, Saint Ursula, protecting a group of her female followers possessed a power and elegance that Bishop knew could only be attributed to Bartholomeus Spranger. The father of Northern Mannerism, Spranger was a Flemish painter, draughtsman, sculptor, and designer renowned in his time as a court artist for the Holy Roman Emperor. Bishop’s rediscovery of the masterpiece is being celebrated by the exhibition Art and Sensuality in Imperial Prague: The (Un)veiling of Bartholomeus Spranger’s Saint Ursula. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog discussing femininity, strength, sensuality, religion, virginity, and beauty in the Renaissance era. Offering visitors, a glimpse at a never-before-exhibited piece, we would be remiss not to see it in person. Make sure to check here to make an appointment to visit.

Paysanne à la coupe de fruits (Peasant Woman with Fruit) by Nicolas Tournier (1590–1639), c. 1630. Fondation Bemberg, Toulouse, France © Fondation Bemberg and RMN; image courtesy of the San Diego Museum of Art, California.

San Diego Museum of Art, California

The late Georges Bemberg, Argentinian patron of the arts and longtime art collector, is honored through the Georges Bemberg Foundation and gallery that makes its home in the Hôtel d’Assézat in Toulouse, France. The Bemberg Foundation will share works from the collection with the San Diego Museum of Art for their upcoming exhibition Cranach to Canaletto: Masterpieces from the Bemberg Foundation. The show boasts more than 75 works ranging from Venetian portraiture to masterworks from the German and French Renaissance. Divided into two sections “Outdoor Pursuits” and “Interiors and Intrigue” the exhibition at SDMA will explore themes of portraiture, landscape, mythology, and domestic environments. While the exhibition finds itself stateside, it is an absolute must-see so, check here to plan your trip before it opens on June 18.

Growing Season at Sandalstrand by Nikolai Astrup (1880–1928), 1923. Savings Bank Foundation DNB / KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, Bergen, Norway; image courtesy of the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

We owe the early modernist Norwegian painter, printmaker, and horticulturalist Nikolai Astrup our attention for his work depicting the landscape and culture of western Norway in his unique, colorful style. The Clark Art Institute is celebrating Astrup’s career in an upcoming exhibition entitled Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway. This exhibition will be the first retrospective of the artist’s work in North America and will highlight Astrup’s varied career from his woodblock printing to his experiments in color and perspective. Accompanied by a catalog, the exhibition offers an in-depth look at a European artist lesser known in the United States. So, make sure to check here to book your tickets before the exhibition opens on June 19.