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Dr. Virginia Brilliant

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Curator of European Art

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Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota , Florida 34243
United States

Company Description: Located on a 66-acre estate on Sarasota Bay, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art was established in 1927 as the legacy of John Ringling (1866-1936) and his...   more
Background

Employment History

Education

  • M.A.
    Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London
  • Ph.D.
    Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London
  • B.A. , History and History
    University College London , University of London
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www.news-journalonline.com, 25 Dec 2014 [cached]
Virginia Brilliant, curator of European art at The Ringling, said the panel on which "The Building of a Palace" is painted "is actually in very stable condition. We're lucky that we can travel this painting, but we try not to travel it a lot."
Brilliant said the painting is "probably the most Renaissance picture in the collection.
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"You have the palace, and in front of it you have all the building activity," said Brilliant.
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"It's far and away the best thing in the whole lot," said Brilliant.
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"It looks like The Ringling," said Brilliant.
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We're lucky that we can travel this painting, but we try not to travel it a lot."

Brilliant said the painting is "probably the most Renaissance picture in the collection.

It's painted in the early 16th century by di Cosimo, the wild man painter of the Florentine Renaissance.

He's kind of a kook.

"His paintings are kind of kooky, whimsical, fantastical things you don't often see in Renaissance paintings. It's one of very, very few paintings where the architecture is the subject of a painting."

The painting depicts a completed palace in the background (reminiscent of the courtyard of the Ringling Museum itself) while in the foreground a wide range of workers engage in the various processes of construction.

"You have the palace, and in front of it you have all the building activity," said Brilliant.

"But why do you have that when the building's already complete? It's process and product all at the same time."

The figures in the foreground "are full of detail and the details are often really funny," she said.

Press Releases
ringling.org, 8 Oct 2012 [cached]
       Conceived and organized by Dr. Virginia Brilliant, the Ringling Museum’s Curator of European Art, in cooperation with Frederick Ilchman, Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the exhibition highlights Veronese’s artistic process and his rich and varied artistic production.
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      “Veronese is broadly represented in American collections, in contrast with contemporary Venetian painters like Tintoretto and Titian, and thus the exhibition ably surveys his career and oeuvre,â€Â said Virginia Brilliant, the exhibition’s lead curator. “Yet Veronese is often dismissed as a merely decorative painter, more elegant and ‘happier’ than Titian or Tintoretto.
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   An illustrated catalogue published by Scala Publishers Ltd., accompanies the show, featuring scholarly yet accessible perspectives on the artist from more than ten contributors, including Dr. Virginia Brilliant, Curator of European Art at the Ringling, Frederick Ilchman, Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and David Rosand, Meyer Shapiro Professor of Art History Emeritus at Columbia University, among others.
2008 Press Releases
www.ringling.org, 11 Jan 2008 [cached]
Sarasota, FL â€" January 11, 2008 â€" The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Dr. Virginia Brilliant will join the professional staff of the Museum as Assistant Curator of European Art on Feb. 13, 2008.
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In 2006, Brilliant joined the Cleveland Museum of Art as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Medieval Art specializing in Italian Renaissance Art of the 14th and 15th centuries. Brilliant has also published on a wide variety of art historical topics.
        She earned her Ph.D. in 2005 and M.A. in 2001 from the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London. In 2000, Brilliant received her B.A. in History and History of Art from University College London, University of London.
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          Dr. Brilliant will be involved in the ongoing research and publishing of the permanent collection, including the planning and production of additional didactic materials and programs for the galleries. She will also be working on different exhibition projects, planned for the next five years, and will take an active role in the Ringling Museum’s important relationship to and its partnerships with other university art museums.
Ringling Museum of Art acquires 17th-century painting by Otto van Veen - CODART - Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide
www.codart.com, 27 Mar 2013 [cached]
Dr. Virginia Brilliant, the Ringling Museum's Curator of European Art, added, "The painting enhances our understanding of Rubens and illustrates the tradition that he emerged from and broke from to create his own style.
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