In the Light of the Medici. Baroque Art of Italy

The Haukohl Family Collection European Tour
10. Feb 2019 – 08. Sep 2019

  • Haukohl Titelbild
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    Felice Ficherelli (1605–1660), St Sebastian Cured by St Irene, 17th century
    © Haukohl Family Collection, photo: Tom Lucas/ MNHA Luxembourg
  • Giovanni Domenico Ferretti (1692–1768), Harlekin und Colombina 18. Jh.
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    Giovanni Domenico Ferretti (1692–1768), Harlekin and Colombina, 18th century
    © Haukohl Family Collection
  • Carlo Dolci (1616–1686), Der Evangelist Johannes 1677
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    Carlo Dolci (1616–1686), John the Apostle, 1677
    © Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck / Collection Rau for UNICEF
  • Dominicus Stainhart (zugeschr.), Christus an der Geißelsäule , ca. 1700–17, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck / Sammlung Rau für UNICEF, im Hintergrund: Onorio Marinari (1617–1716), Apollo, 1690, © Haukohl Family Collection
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    installation view: Dominicus Stainhart (attributed), Christ on the column of fragellation, ca. 1700–17, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck / Sammlung Rau for UNICEF, background:: Onorio Marinari, Apollo, 1690, © Haukohl Family Collection, Foto: Tom Lucas/ MNHA Luxembourg
    © photo: Helmut Reinelt
  • Giovanni Angelo da Montorsoli (1507?-1563) Porträtbüste Papst Clemens VII. (bürgerlich Giulio de’ Medici) (1478–1534), ca. 1532–33
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    installation view: Giovanni Angelo da Montorsoli (1507?-1563), portrait bust of Pope Clement VII. (born Giulio de’ Medici) (1478–1534), approx. 1532–33, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck / Sammlung Rau für UNICEF
    © photo: Helmut Reinelt
  • Unbekannter Bildhauer (nördliches Mittelitalien) Der Erzengel Michael  Mitte 17. Jh.  Holz, polychrom gefasst © Haukohl Family Collection
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    installation view: unknown artist (northern middle Italy), The Archangel Michael, middle of 17. century, © Haukohl Family Collection
    © photo: Helmut Reinelt
  • Lust und Leidenschaft
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    Installation view: »Passion and desire«, Art Chamber Rau
    © photo: Helmut Reinelt
  • Haukohl mit Hl. Sebastian
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    The collector Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl in the exhibition of the Art Chamber Rau
    © photo: Helmut Reinelt

About the exhibition

Starting off the year at the Art Chamber Rau, there is a special kind of convention of collections: The American Haukohl Collection, probably the most important private collection of Florentine Baroque painting outside Italy, currently on a European tour is visiting Rolandseck.

The Haukohl Family Collection includes allegories, religious motifs, genre scenes and portraits. At the heart of the collection are the paintings by the Dandini family of artists, who served the Medici across generations. These and other masterpieces by Jacopo da Empoli, Giovanni Domenico Ferretti and Felice Ficherelli meet with a wealth of Italian art treasures from the Rau Collection for UNICEF, including paintings and sculptures by Giovanni Angelo da Montorsoli, Carlo Dolci and Giovanni Battista Caracciolo.

In Florence, the development of the arts and sciences was closely linked to the rise and fall of the Medici dynasty. A long period of peace, a thriving economy and a stable structure of state and power allowed the arts to prosper. The Medici used their court artists as well as their art collection in the sense of a strategic cultural policy.

At the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, founded in 1563 by Cosimo I de Medici, the focus lay on drawing and nude studies. Surfaces, soft skin and precious materials were masterfully captured. Owing to expressive gestures and facial play as well as sensual allure, the figures still speak directly to us today. Another special feature are the opulent, partly original baroque frames, which the Haukohl family brought together especially for the painting collection.

The gathered works are ambassadors of a time in which the powerful of this world defined themselves through their love for art. This connects the Medici with the Haukohl family of collectors and with Gustav Rau, who continue this vital socio-political role of privately collecting art to the present day.

»In the Light of the Medici. Baroque Art of Italy« is an exhibition of the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in cooperation with Musée national d'histoire et d'art Luxembourg as coordinator and initiator.


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Curator - Art Chamber Rau

Dr. Susanne Blöcker

+49 2228 9425-68

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Claudia Seiffert M.A.

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