Through some twenty works, this is the first monographic exhibition dedicated to Michael Sittow (1469-1525). Born in Reval, Sittow travelled to Bruges, likely to study under Hans Memling. After becoming an independent master, Sittow travelled throughout Europe, and became one of the most sought-after Renaissance court painters, working for Queen Isabel of Castile, Philip the Fair, Margaret of Austria, Ferdinand of Aragon and Danish King Christian II. The exhibition will examine his art in a broader context, particularly considering his relationship to his Netherlandish contemporaries. His surviving oeuvre remains small, and this show therefore offers an unprecedented opportunity to consider this artist’s corpus together. The exhibition is curated by John Hand, and includes a catalogue, Michael Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe, eds. John Hand and Greta Koppel with contributions from Till-Holger Borchert, Anu Mänd, Ariane van Suchtelen, and Matthias Weniger.
After leaving Washington, D.C., the exhibition will travel to the Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, June 8–September 16, 2018.