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Paintings from 'Fairies" exhibition at UI will make appearance on Fifth Ave. in New York

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Saks Fifth Avenue, the famed department store in New York City, will use six images from the University of Iowa Museum of Art's current exhibition "Victorian Fairy Painting" in its Easter window display from April 6-12.

The store will display enlarged reproductions of the paintings as backdrops to six windows on Fifth Avenue. Three windows will show haute couture from Christian Lacroix, who saw the exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London last fall. Lacroix was so taken by the show that he based his entire January haute couture show on it.

The other three windows will feature whimsical Easter hats specially created for the windows by designers Philip Treacy, Stephen Jones, Patricia Underwood and other milliners.

The six paintings used in the displays will be Richard Dadd's "The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke," Richard Doyle's "The Enchanted Fairy Tree, or a Fantasy Based on 'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare," John Anster Fitzgerald's "Fairies in a Bird's Nest" and "The Chase of the White Mice," Robert Huskisson's "Come Unto These Yellow Sands" and Daniel Maclise's "Priscilla Horton as Ariel."

"Victorian Fairy Painting" was organized by the UI Museum of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Curator of the exhibition is Pamela White Trimpe, assistant director and curator of painting and sculpture at the UI Museum of Art, working with Jane Martineau of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and independent scholar Charlotte Gere.

The exhibition and its companion book examine the portrayal of fairies in art and literature from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries. The exhibition includes more than 70 paintings by both well and lesser known artists, including J.M.W. Turner, John Everett Millais, Richard Dadd, John Anster Fitzgerald, Daniel Maclise, Edwin Landseer, Richard Doyle and Arthur Rackham.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

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