Showers of the Ancients

In the age of Bridezillas and themed baby showers, those of us who are more comfortable at the modest end of celebration might scoff at the excess that seems so new. The truth is, people have been laying it on thick for ages. Sunday through June 14, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth presents Art and Love in Renaissance Italy, a show exhibiting key moments in the lives of Italians in the Renaissance who celebrated, with the highest possible degree of magnificence and decadence, most lavishly on the occasions of betrothal, marriage and birth. The show is jointly organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and includes approximately 150 paintings dating from 1400 to 1600. Among these works are marriage portraits and paintings that extol sensual love and fertility. Also included are examples of jewelry and maiolica given to couples, some of the rarest pieces of Renaissance glassware, cassone panels, birth trays and several drawings and prints. The Kimbell is located at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Call 817-332-8451 or visit
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: March 15. Continues through June 14, 2009
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Katey Margolis