The single most important gift of art in our nation's history came from the Kress Collection. From this gift, the Fine Arts Museums received a superb selection of old master paintings, making its holdings a "mini–National Gallery."
Florence Gould Theater
Many surprises are revealed in comparing works on paper with those on canvas. The diverse media and techniques used to make drawings, etchings, woodcuts, prints, and paintings result in fascinating differences in artistic expression.
Some of the most dramatic pieces of European art were created from the inspiration of literature, in particular the Bible and ancient Greek mythology. From works in the Legion of Honor, we will explore the great skill of European artists to render the drama of literature and life.
Intrigued by the challenges of painting a predominately white subject, the French impressionists, in depicting winter landscapes, explored infinite combinations of color and light to create images that still resonate today.
This talk is about the idea of Paradise as it was imagined in the Ancient Near East and its connections to the Biblical and Greek notions through the Zoroastrian tradition. Not only does the term mean a walled garden, but this notion was also used through imperial ideology by several ancient empires in antiquity.
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Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House
Andrew Moore, Houghton Hall specialist and author
The Sassoons and Houghton Hall: The Rebirth of a House
Professor Peter Stansky, Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus
Osnat Misch-Brandl of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, will give a presentation titled, Life of the Spirit: The Chalcolithic Culture 6,500 Years Ago in the Levant.
Presented in partnership with the Ancient Art Council.
At an art museum, we may look at a painting and sometimes wonder, "what is going on?" The tales told through art are sometimes esoteric in nature and require some decoding. This lecture gives fascinating insights into the stories told in art from the classical period, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and into the 19th and 20th centuries. Come hear the stories behind the pictures.
Explore the era of beloved English novelist Jane Austen through the arts, from the paintings of Gainsborough and Reynolds to the elegant Georgian townhouses of Bath and the fashions of the day.
Old-master paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the collection of the Marquess of Cholmondeley travel for the first time from one of England's greatest country estates. Houghton Hall was built in the early 1700s by Sir Robert Walpole, considered England's first prime minister and an ancestor of the current marquess. From portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and John Singer Sargent to exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain, rare pieces of R. J. & S.