`Stubbs' is extended

April 29, 2005|By Glenn McNatt | Glenn McNatt,SUN ART CRITIC

Since it opened last month, more than 24,000 people have visited the Walters Art Museum exhibition Stubbs and the Horse, prompting Walters officials to extend the show an additional week to June 5.

The exhibition of 75 paintings and drawings highlights the career of English painter George Stubbs (1724-1806), a self-taught genius known as the greatest equestrian artist in history. Its centerpiece is the monumental equestrian painting Whistlejacket, which depicts a famous champion thoroughbred.

No two of Stubbs' portraits of horses are identical, even when he painted more than one image of the same animal.

The Walters had projected attendance through May 29, the show's original closing date, at just under 35,000 visitors.

But by the end of the show's first six weeks, more than 24,000 people already had visited the museum. By extending the exhibition an additional week, the museum hopes to attract between 40,000 and 45,000 visitors.

Last fall's popular exhibition The Road to Impressionism drew 39,505 visitors over roughly the same period.

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