John T. Wertime, independent scholar and author
Join us for a lecture by Dr. Ellison Findly, Professor, Trinity College.
How do scholars define and organize subsets of artworks in a corpus? In mathematics, set theory rules allow for precise groupings of numbers and their properties. In studies of literature, defining the corpus of a single author allows us to see and study patterns in the use of language and themes over time. For art historians, the effort to define and delimit the boundaries of a particular style or object type are based on apparent similarities in visual, stylistic material, or cultural terms.
Twentieth-century modern artists Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse borrowed from ancient ethnic and tribal arts to create their work, finding inspiration for design, composition, and color in the art of African and Oceanic cultures. The work of artists Paul Klee, George Grosz, Henry Moore, and many others in the Fine Arts Museums collections will be discussed alongside their tribal inspirations.
The Mexican Museum brings its education trunks, containing objects from the museum, for visitors to view and touch.
Spanning a period of more than 400 years, Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland includes works by many of the greatest painters from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Some, such as Sandro Botticelli’s Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child, have never before been seen in the United States.