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Exhibition June 8 − September 16, 2018

Michael Sittov. Estonian artist at the Renaissance courtyards

Exhibition“Michael Sittov. Estonian painter at the Renaissance courts ” in the Great Hall of the KUMU Art Museum, this is the first retrospective in the history of one of the outstanding artists of the Renaissance.

Despite the popularity of Zittov at the royal courts of Europe, very few of his paintings remained. The creative heritage of the painter is now estimated at only about two dozen works. The exhibition contains masterpieces from the Vienna Museum of Art History, the State Museums of Berlin, the Louvre, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Royal Mauritshuis Gallery, the institutions of Madrid, Copenhagen, Budapest, and private collections.

The exhibition presents all three reliably documented works of Michel Zittov - "The Assumption of the Virgin", "Ascension of Christ" (both ca. 1500 - 1504) and the portrait of the Danish king Christian II, one of the few works of the artist with a reliably confirmed personality of the model. The exhibition also reunited two panels that originally formed a diptych - “Madonna and Child” from the Berlin State Museums and “Portrait of Diego de Guevara (?)” From the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Other prominent works by Zittov include the “Portrait of a Man” (c. 1510) from the collection of the Royal Mauritshuis Gallery in The Hague and the image of a woman borrowed from the Museum of Art History in Vienna. Before it was supposed that it was Catherine of Aragon, the first of the six wives of the English king Henry VIII. However, now art critics are inclined to believe that this is the monarch's beloved sister, Maria Rose Tudor.

The exhibition is timed to the centenary of the proclamation of the Republic of Estonia.