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Docent Lecture: "Thirty Minute Spotlight: The Extraordinary Phenomenon of 17th-Century Dutch Painting", by Victoria Kirby

Joan van Noordt, Susanna and the Elders, ca. 1670
October 4, 2016 -

The 17th-century Dutch Golden Age is one of the most extraordinary periods in art history. This talk will explain why Holland had such a rich output of paintings and discuss at least one portrait, genre scene, landscape, marine painting, still life and biblical scene in the Legion’s outstanding collection.

Docent Lecture: "Thirty Minute Spotlight: French Artists Look at Women", by Rita Dunlay

Elisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun, "Hyacinthe Gabrielle Roland, Marchioness Wellesley, (formerly Countess of Mornington)", 1791
October 4, 2016 -

This lecture offers a chronological look at images of women by French artists in the Legion of Honor’s collection. These works span nearly 400 years and reflect not just the individual artist, but also the concerns and interests of the period in which they were completed.

Invisible Cities: Urban Environments in Ancient Egypt

September 24, 2016 -

Ancient Egypt has been called a “civilization without cities,” a characterization echoed in the so-called “town problem” some have seen for Egyptian archaeology and history. Although cities were central and critical to Mesopotamian and Graeco-Roman civilizations, the Egyptians seem to have followed a different urban paradigm. Linguistically, the Egyptian language contains few words that can be translated as “city” or “town;” textually urbanism is rarely mentioned. By contrast, archaeologically we have numerous remains of settlements of various sizes and characteristics.

Panel Discussion: "The Mystery of the Brothers Le Nain"

Le Nain, "Three Men and a Boy", ca. 1640-1645
October 8, 2016 - 2:00pm

Active in Paris during the mid-seventeenth century, Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu Le Nain created some of the most beautiful and enigmatic works of art. They lived together, shared a studio, and worked in such an incredibly interwoven manner that, three hundred years later, the question of which brother created which painting continues to fascinate art historians.


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