Form follows function


The art of Renaissance Italy was not made to hang in galleries, as it does though August 22 in the Smart Museum’s The Uses of Art in Renaissance Italy. Rather, according to the exhibit’s notes, it was made to be experienced in everyday life. Taking care to place each object in the context of its practical intent, curator Elizabeth Rodini emphasizes the early modern culture of materialism. Items not to miss are two statuettes, one a satyr candleholder, the other a playful sculpture of Venus with her son Cupid.


Photo: Workshop of Orazio Fontana, “Birth Bowl,” c. 1575, polychrome tin-glazed earthenware (top). “Footed Bowl,” c. 1500, Enameled and gilded blown green glass (bottom).

March 31, 2004