MIRACULOUS HEALINGS – THE MISTERIES OF THEODOR AMAN’S PAINTINGS

A Christmas present, minutely prepared by the Theodor Aman Museum: the opening of a new exhibition room that comes to complete the museum’s patrimony and to continue the “Miraculous Healings” series with new restored paintings by BMM’s experts.

One of Theodor Aman favorite subjects was still life with cherries. Although in the majority of this still natures he used many other elements to complete his compositions, the cherries were always the center of interest. Few people can imagine that Aman’s paintings mean a sum of elaborations, trials and errors.

Aman was not the meticulous painter that many admirers believe him to be, but he was a fiery spirit, always ready to experiment with new thematic and plastic expressions, using powerful brushstrokes that revealed his qualities as sculptor, drawer and engraver.

Nowadays we can witness his creative unrest not only by learning to see his oeuvre in all its valences but through the technical progress of painting analysis, that allows us to penetrate through the top layers of color visible to the eye. This way, studying paintings with the Infrared Reflectography we have uncovered the portrait of a woman painted by Theodor Aman in other works of his as well. This is not a singular case in Aman’s work, in fact it is quite common.

During the opening of the exhibition there will be a book-launch event as well, “Theodor Aman. Rebirth and Edification”, by Marian Constantin, Noi Media Print, 2014, whose first edition was possible due to the partnership with the National University of Arts.

The “Theodor Aman” Museum, the capital’s first art museum, was officially opened on June 16th 1908.

On its upper levels, the eclectic building belonging mainly to the French neo-classic typology, displays decorative elements that remind of Greek temples (the strong cornice, the Greek meander, the pediments with acrotheri that make up the crowning of the windows), as well as Florentine Renaissance elements (the almost cubic volumes similar to Florentine palaces, the symmetry of the main facades, the niches with statues on the North façade, the decorative medallions and discs). This is the house where Theodor Aman lived and created for more than 22 years (1831 – 1891). He conceived every detail of this true “temple of art”, from the architecture project put into practice with German entrepreneur Fr. Scheller from 1867 to 1869, to the exterior and interior decorations (the painted glass, the murals, the sculpted medallions on the doors, the painting on the doors, the sculpted furniture, the paneling and fireplace in the studio, the ceilings’ stucco).

The opening of the exhibition will take place on Tuesday, December 23rd, 13:00, at the Theodor Aman Museum, No. 8 C.A. Rosetti Street, Bucharest.

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