Dog painting was serious business in 18th-century France. Jean-Baptiste Oudry's Water Spaniel Confronting a Heron and Study of a Hound Baying are more than simple studies of animals. Dr. Amy Freund, assistant professor of art history at Texas Christian University, takes a closer look at these paintings in which the dogs' bodies stand in for the human bodies of their owners and viewers, serving as proxies in the era's most pressing debates about personhood, violence, and privilege.
Anne Poulet, former director of the Frick Collection, discusses the work of French sculptor Clodion, including two masterpieces in the Michael L. Rosenberg Collection. These terracotta sculptures of running bacchantes, followers of the Roman god Bacchus, are perfect examples of the artist's technical prowess and dynamism. This is the ninth annual lecture in the series.
Dr. Susan L. Siegfried, Denise Riley Professor of the History of Art and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, describes how the easy exchanges between the real and the fantasy elements in late 18th-century French genre scenes helped patrons and viewers participate in the scenes imaginatively. (Eighth Annual Rosenberg Lecture)
In 18th-century France, fashionable patrons commissioned “allegorical portraits,” which showed their subjects as classical goddesses, muses, or other mythological figures. Dr. Kathleen Nicholson, Professor of Art History at the University of Oregon, investigates Nicolas de Largillière's portrait of the Countess of Montsoreau and her sister as the goddess Diana and an attendant. (Seventh Annual Rosenberg Lecture)
January 27, 2011
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