An interesting aspect of historical research into the music of the 17th century is to discover who was influenced by whom, how music traveled, and how music relates to other art forms. There are many parallels between the works of the brothers Le Nain, and the music of Lully, Charpentier, and others who pervaded the stages of the time.
Lecture by Dr. Albert Leonard, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona.
Lecture by Dr. Rita Lucarelli, Assistant Professor of Egyptology, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
Lecture in memory of Dr. Rolf Scherman.
Lecture by Dr. Christopher Hallett, Professor of History of Art and Classics, University of California, Berkeley.
Lecture in memory of Prof. J. K. (Jock) Anderson.
Lecture by Dr. Alessia Amenta, Curator, Department of Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities, Vatican Museums.
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.
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.