Saint Louis, Saint Louis Museum of Art
20 February – 15 May 2022
Two of The Klesch Collection’s paintings were shared with the wider public as part of the exhibition ‘Paintings on Stone: Science and the Sacred 1530–1800’ at the Saint Louis Art Museum, curated by Dr. Judith W. Mann.
Sebastiano del Piombo’s Portrait of a Warrior, said to be Ippolito de’ Medici and Francesco Bassano the Younger’s Christ on the Road to Calvary with the Veil of Saint Veronica, both painted on slate, were two of the more than 70 examples by 58 artists on 34 different stones displayed together. This exhibition was the first systematic examination of the European practice of painted portraits and sacred images on stone, exploring the concepts of beauty, inventiveness and meaning of this obscure support.