Pieces of 14th-Century Altarpiece Reunited at UVa Museum

March 1, 2012

Pieces of historic art have been reunited for the first time in hundreds of years, and you can see them at the University of Virginia Art Museum.

On Thursday, the museum hosted a preview of "The Adoration of the Magi," a 14th-century Italian altarpiece painting by Bartolo di Fredi.

Completed around 1385, the altarpiece was dismantled and broken into four pieces at the turn of the 19th century. The painting stayed in Italy while accompanying panels were scattered in museums across the world.

One of the panels ended up at UVa, and now, for a short time, three of the four pieces will be on display together in the "The Adoration of the Magi" exhibit, which opens Friday and runs through May 27.

"It's a great opportunity for us to learn about altarpieces and why our particular panel fits into this larger work of art," said Bruce Boucher, director of the UVa Art Museum.

For more about the exhibition, click here or watch the video below.

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