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Voices on Art-Exhibition Lecture “Passion for Perfection: The Straus Collection of Renaissance Art” by Helga K. Aurisch-Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

On December 29, 2017, for our series Voices on Art, Art This Week Productions filmed the exhibition lecture by Helga K. Aurisch, Curator of European Art on Passion for Perfection: The Straus Collection of Renaissance Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

From the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston website-
“When Edith and Percy Straus gave their remarkable collection of European art to the MFAH in 1941, their generous donation of 83 works marked a turning point for the Museum. The gift not only formed the cornerstone of the European art department, but also put the MFAH firmly on the map.

For five years after its acquisition, the Straus Collection was exhibited as a stand-alone display, but afterward the works of art were dispersed throughout the galleries among the Museum’s ever-growing holdings. With the exhibition Passion for Perfection, the Straus Collection objects are finally on view again together—providing a wonderful opportunity to deepen appreciation of the high quality and broad reach of the collection.

In this lecture, Helga Aurisch discusses how the Straus Collection was formed, highlights key works, and explores the significant role the collection has played in the growth of the Museum’s holdings of European art.”

Thanks to the Helga for allowing us to film the talk. Thanks also to the MFAH’s staff for helping with production of this video.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
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Houston, Texas 77005

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