Pieter Claesz, (Dutch, 1597/98 -661), Still Life - Beakerglass and Fruit (detail), ca. 1650, Oil on canvas, Gift of the Myers Family, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Myers, Jr.'42 and June Reinhold Myers'41 in memory of John C. Myers, Sr., 1960.15
May 24–August 26, 2018

The Myers Legacy

Dutch and Flemish Paintings from the Collection

The family of John C. Myers, Sr. (1878-1952) has made the single greatest contribution to helping the Cornell Fine Arts Museum build the only Old Masters collection in the Orlando area. John C. Myers fell in love with Old Masters painting during his 1908 honeymoon, when his bride Alice Mould introduced him to Europe’s museums; by the 1940s he had amassed a very significant collection, which he often shared in his Ashland, OH home with students from a nearby college. His passion for teaching and learning through art was echoed by his heirs, who generously donated parts of the collection to Ashland College, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, FL, and CFAM.

This exhibition features a small selection from our collection of Myers paintings, focusing on works by Dutch and Flemish Renaissance and Baroque artists and illustrating the major genres of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. During that time, while religious subjects and portraiture continued to dominate artistic commissions, still lifes, landscapes and city views, as well as architectural vistas, gained prominence.

The Myers Legacy: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from the Collection is funded in part by the Rachel and Kenneth Murrah Exhibition Fund; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is generously funded, in part, by Rollins College, Winter Park, FL

Attributed to Paulus Moreelse, (Dutch, 1571–1638), Portrait of a Lady, ca. 1620s, Oil on Canvas, 34 x 35 in., Gift of the Myers Family, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Myers, Jr.'42 and June Reinhold Myers'41, 1961.3

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