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On the heels of a record breaking hurricane season, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art presents Tempests and Romantic Visionaries: Images of Storms in European and American Art. This unique exhibition illustrates the sublime and sometimes destructive power of nature and will be on exhibit through August 13, 2006. With more than 70 paintings, drawings, and prints from the seventeenth through the twentieth century, Tempests and Romantic Visionaries emphasizes the artists’ dramatic portrayals of storms and their allegorical meaning.

Tempests and Romantic Visionaries examines the way artists have portrayed turbulent and calm weather
conditions in marine and landscape settings. The exhibit not only concerns the observation and recording of the ever changing effects of clouds, wind, rain, and snow, but also a few more serene subjects of passing storms with clearing skies and peaceful waters. The use of calm seas, storms, and tempests as symbol and metaphor and the literal depictions of storms will be addressed as well as the themes of retribution and divine punishment. The exhibition will focus on the Romantic interest in storms as exemplified in the works of Philippe de Loutherbourg, J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Cole, and Thomas Moran. While the high point of storm subject matter is associated with Romantic art, the exhibition will also examine the
internalization of the storm motif in the works of these artists as well as in post-Romantic works by Gustave Courbet, James Tissot, and Charles Burchfield.

An audio tour and a catalogue accompany the exhibition. Lending museums include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Joslyn Art Museum, the Georgia Museum of Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the National Maritime Museum, London, and the Tate Britian, London.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is one of the elite 5% of museums nationwide to achieve accreditation by the prestigious American Association of Museums. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursdays until 9:00 p.m., Sundays 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, students and children, and children under five are free. For more information, call (405) 236-3100 or visit online at

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