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Jeppson Idea Lab: Renoir’s “The Jewish Wedding”

This Idea Lab presentation gives insight into the recent conservation of The Jewish Wedding by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919). In 1875, Renoir was commissioned to paint a replica of Eugène Delacroix’s 1839 The Jewish Wedding in Morocco, today in the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Although faithful to Delacroix’s original, Renoir adapted his Impressionist manner to the painting, creating a novel work of art, wholly distinct in its brushwork, palette, and use of light. Renoir’s work, obscured by a 70-year-old discolored varnish, has now been restored by Andrew W. Mellon Fellow Maja Rinck, a transformation that resulted in the recovery of its original tonality, revealing a major Impressionist painting.

About the Jeppson Idea Lab
Rather than presenting a formal thesis, which is more often the case for exhibitions, the Idea Lab will be a public forum for sharing questions about objects that may lead to future exhibitions, reattributions, or publications. Idea Lab objects are being chosen by conservators, educators, and curators. Platforms for visitors to explore ideas raised by the objects will be video interviews and iPad interactive activities with links to related materials.