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March 28 through June 30, 2015

Romantic, moralizing, satirical… from the Roman Pantheon to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Divine Desire: Printmaking, Mythology, and the Birth of the Baroque exquisitely illustrated the romantic entanglements of the gods and the trials and tribulations of Classical Antiquity. The exhibition explored how such imagery relates to a Reformation/Counter-Reformation Europe and showcased more than seventy prints from The San Diego Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection—produced in northern Europe and Italy in the later sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries—alongside strategic Southern California loans. 

Large image caption: Hendrick Goltzius and Bartholomeus Spranger, Wedding of Cupid and Psyche, 1587. Engraving (3 plates). Collection of Norman Leitman.