Public Reception: The Working Drawings of Luigi Gregori (1819-1896)


Location: Snite Museum of Art


The Snite Museum of Art presents Artist in Residence: Working Drawings by Luigi Gregori, 1819-1896.  This exhibition showcases Gregori’s sketches for the murals in the Basilica and Main Building at Notre Dame.

From 1874 to 1891, the Italian painter Luigi Gregori (1819-1896) was a professor and artist-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame. During his tenure, Gregori transformed the campus with many large-scale murals including his decoration of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Main Building. Long after his departure, Gregori’s art continues to greet generations of students and visitors who come to the University.

Artist-in-Residence: The Working Drawings of Luigi Gregori (1819-1896) showcases Gregori’s sketches for the murals in the Basilica and Main Building. As the first exhibition dedicated to his graphic oeuvre, the show explores Gregori’s drawing style, working methods, and techniques. Using his drawings as illustrations, the exhibition presents new research regarding Gregori’s biography and artistic training. The show also considers the contemporary impact of Gregori’s work at Notre Dame, and historic artifacts from the University of Notre Dame Archives will be on display.  

The guest curator of this exhibition is Sophia Meyers, an alumna of Notre Dame and former Boch Graduate Intern at the Snite Museum of Art. The drawings were donated to the University at Gregori’s bequest and now reside in the Snite Museum Collection.

On Sunday, February 26, 2-4 pm the Snite Museum of Art will hold a public reception for the winter exhibitions. At 3pm Sophia Meyers will present a lecture about the exhibition.

The reception and lecture are free and open to the public.

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