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live presentation > BEHIND ROSALBA'S PASTELS | A conversation with Xavier F. Salomon and Furio Rinaldi



live presentation > BEHIND ROSALBA'S PASTELS | A conversation with Xavier F. Salomon and Furio Rinaldi

Behind Rosalba’s Pastels | A conversation with Xavier F. Salomon
Saturday, November 6, 2021, 11 am-12:00 pm (PT)


Rosalba Carriera's pastels captured the essence of her time: sophisticated, mundane, and seductive. Her success, and exceptional admission in the Académie Royal of Paris in 1720, paved the way for women artists of the following generations. Illustrating their stories, Furio Rinaldi, exhibition curator and curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, will be in conversation with Xavier F. Salomon, deputy director and chief curator at The Frick Collection, whose discovery of small religious tokens hidden behind Rosalba’s pastels, provides an insight into the artist’s personal world and working practice.

Join Xavire F. Salomon and Furio Rinaldi for this in-person event, or watch them livestreming on the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco YouTube channel.


Organized by the Legion of Honor museum and sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.

ROSALBA CARRIERA (Italian, 1673–1757), Portrait of a Lady as Diana, ca. 1720, Pastel on blue paper, laid down on canvas 33.5 × 27.4 cm, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Prentis Cobb Hale Jr., 1959.114

Xavier F. Salomon is the Frick’s deputy director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator. A noted scholar of Paolo Veronese, he curated the monographic exhibition on the artist at the National Gallery, London (2014). Previously, Salomon was a curator in the department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and, before that, the Arturo and Holly Melosi Chief Curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery, where he curated Van Dyck in Sicily, 1624–25: Painting and the Plague (2012) and collaborated with Nicholas Cullinan on Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters (2011). As an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Frick (2004–6), he curated Veronese's Allegories: Virtue, Love, and Exploration in Renaissance Venice (2006). Salomon’s other exhibitions for the Frick include Cagnacci’s Repentant Magdalene: An Italian Baroque Masterpiece from the Norton Simon Museum (2016–17), Veronese in Murano: Two Venetian Renaissance Masterpieces Restored (2017–18), Murillo: The Self-Portraits (2017–18), Canova’s George Washington (2018), Tiepolo in Milan: The Lost Frescoes of Palazzo Archinto (2019), and (with Aimee Ng and Alexander Noelle) Bertoldo di Giovanni: The Renaissance of Sculpture in Medici Florence (2019–20). Salomon received his Ph.D. on the patronage of Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini from the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has published in Apollo, The Burlington Magazine, Master Drawings, The Medal, The Art Newspaper, Journal of the History of Collections, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Journal. Salomon also wrote (with Maira Kalman) the latest volume in the Frick Diptych series, Rembrandt’s Polish Rider (2019). He is a trustee and a member of the Projects Committee of Save Venice. In 2018, Italy named Salomon Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia.

Furio Rinaldi, PhD, is the curator of drawings and prints in the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the Fine Arts Museums’ department of works on paper. An expert on fifteenth- and sixteenth-century drawings—particularly the schools of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo—Rinaldi has authored many publications and organized exhibitions on the subject. His curatorial experience includes positions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan. Most recently he was a specialist in the department of old master and nineteenth century drawings at Christie’s, New York.


Ticket Information

Seating is limited and unassigned. Free program tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis an hour before the lecture begins in front of the Gunn Theater. This does not include admission to the exhibition.

Every Saturday the Legion of Honor offers free general admission to all residents of the nine Bay Area counties. To view the exhibition please book your tickets here.

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Data: Sab 6 Nov 2021

Orario: Dalle 11:00 alle 11:52

Ingresso : Libero


Legion of Honor, Gunn Theater