Now on view at the Otto Naumann Gallery, “In Light of Venice: Venetian Painting in Honor of David Rosand” remembers a great art historian. More than thirty works of art from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo periods will be on display and available for sale to benefit the David Rosand Tribute Fund at Columbia University. Many of these works have never before been shown to the public.
David Rosand was a celebrated art historian whose passion for art, particularly of the Italian Renaissance in Venice, made him a legend in the field. The 75-year-old died in his home on August 8, 2014. The art world mourned his passing, and even The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal paid tribute to him in full spreads that remembered his fervor for teaching, researching, and writing.
Rosand became integral to Save Venice, an organization whose mission it is to restore the art and architecture of the glittering Italian city. He helped to obtain the Casa Muraro in Venice, an early-Renaissance four-story palace on the Grand Canal, as a gift for Columbia University, now used as a library and study center for students of art history. Educated at Columbia and teaching there for over 45 years, Rosand was a prolific writer and a popular professor who opened doors for his students. In a letter written to the public upon Rosand’s death, fellow professor Holger Klein wrote, “For more than five decades, David’s teaching and groundbreaking research on Titian, Venetian woodcuts, drawings, and other aspects of Venetian Renaissance culture, have profoundly shaped and inspired countless students and faculty colleagues on campus and around the world.”
The exhibition “In Light of Venice” opened on January 11 and will remain on view through February 12. The exhibition is presented by Otto Naumann and Robert Simon, also art historians from Columbia University, who maintain art galleries in New York City. “In Light of Venice” benefits the David Rosand Tribute Fund, which established a Professorship in Italian Renaissance art history at Columbia University, and also funds the Casa Muraro as well as other Ventian art-related activities conducted by the university. The exhibition features paintings from the 14th to 18th centuries, focusing on the Italian Renaissance in Venice. Here, you’ll find paintings by famous artists like Giovanni Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, and Paolo Veronese. Other sixteenth-century paintings to be exhibited are by Palma il Giovane, the subject of Professor Rosand’s doctoral dissertation.
Otto Naumann comments, “The exhibition demonstrates that important works by some of the greatest masters of the period are still on the market and many are certain to find homes in private collections, as well as in museums.” The Otto Naumann Gallery is located at 22 East 80th Street and will have viewing hours every weekday from 10am-5pm with special Saturday openings from 11am-4pm on January 16, 23 and 30. Visit the exhibition today before these treasured, never-before-seen artworks go back into hiding.