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Luigi Bazzani, Italian, 1836 - 1927,  A Pompeian Interior, 1882. Oil on panel, 28 x 21 1/8 in., Dahesh Museum of Art, New York 1996.24.

JACKSONVILLE, FLA.- The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens’ newest exhibition Academic Splendor: Nineteenth- Century Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art, is on display January 27 through April 16, 2017. More than 40 stunning paintings and sculptures tell the story of a century that tried to balance deep-rooted artistic traditions while creating new ones. “We are thrilled to welcome such a world-class collection to Jacksonville” says Holly Keris, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Curator. 

In the 19th century, Paris was the center of academic art, and home of the French Academy, which ran the premier art school – the École des Beaux-Arts. The Academy also oversaw the official exhibition known as the “Salon”, one of the most attended cultural event in the city. By following the Academy’s path, artists gained entry into a world of fame, awards, and commissions. Some of the best known artists to emerge from the Academy system include Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889), and William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1904). 

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Frederick Arthur Bridgman, American, 1847 - 1928, Cleopatra on the Terraces of Philae, 1896. Oil on canvas, 29 7/8 x 46 1/8 in. Dahesh Museum of Art, New York 1999.5.

The changing artistic climate, shift in collector’s taste, and booming art market encouraged academic artists to explore different genres while upholding the principles of ideal beauty seen in Classical and Renaissance art. Depictions of rural life, religious imagery, and landscapes coexisted with historical scenes. As travels became easier, artists visited the vast area now referred to as the Middle East, present-day Turkey, and North Africa. They naturally drew inspiration from the region’s landscape, architecture, and culture, often creating highly staged scenes, blurring the lines between documented and fabricated realities. 

The Museum welcomes visitors to view Academic Splendor and experience premier examples of European art from the 19th century.

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Alexandre Cabanel (French, 1823 - 1889) & Adolphe Jourdan (French, 1825 - 1889), The Birth of Venus, ca. 1864. Oil on canvas, 33 1/2 x 53 1/2 in. Dahesh Museum of Art, New York 2002.37.

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Hermann David Salomon Corrodi, Italian, 1844 - 1905, Campfire by the River: Kiosk of Trajan at Philae. Oil on canvas, 33 x 25 1/2 in., Dahesh Museum of Art, New York 1995.20

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John William Godward R. B. A., British, 1861 - 1922, The Necklace, 1914. Oil on canvas, 19 3/4 x 13 1/2 in., Dahesh Museum of Art, New York 1997.66.

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Hermanus Koekkoek the Elder (Dutch, 1815 - 1882), Sailing Vessels in an Estuary, 1853. Oil on canvas, 15 1/2 x 21 3/4 in., Dahesh Museum of Art, New York 1997.63.

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Ernest Karl Eugen Koerner, German, 1846 - 1927, The Temple of Karnak, The Great Hypostyle Hall, 1890. Oil on canvas, 31 1/4 x 18 1/4 in., Dahesh Museum of Art, New York 1995.114.

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Jean-Jacques (called James) Pradier, Swiss, 1790 - 1852, Standing Sappho, modeled 1848, cast ca. 1851. Bronze, 33 7/8 x 14 9/16 x 13 in., Dahesh Museum of Art, New York 2001.5.

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Gustav Bauernfeind, German, 1848 - 1904, Jaffa, Recruiting of Turkish Soldiers in Palestine, 1888. Oil on canvas, 58 1/4 x 110 1/4 in., Dahesh Museum of Art, New York 1999.4.