Lectures

Born into one of the most powerful dynasties of working artists, Charles Coypel occupied a unique place between the worlds of painting and performance in eighteenth-century France. Bell explores Coypel’s longest running commission, a series of Gobelins tapestries based on Cervantes’s Don Quixote.

Charles Coypel’s paintings of Cervantes’s Don Quixote mark one of the artist’s triumphs. Examining these works and later illustrations of the novel raises unexpected questions about art and how readers understood the book and looked at these pictures, which not only attest to Coypel’s talent but also evoke the culture of the time.

The Frick Collection’s masterpiece by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, generously given by Dr. and Mrs. Henry Clay Frick II in 2014, is one of only two known self-portraits by the Spanish artist. Salomon explores the fascinating history of the painting, relating it to Murillo’s other portraits and to his career.

Dame Hilary Mantel, two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize for her best-selling novel Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, is currently at work on the third installment of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy, The Mirror & the Light. In the home of Hans Holbein’s iconic portraits of rivals Thomas Cromwell and Thomas More, she will discuss the concept, research, and writing of the novels, their adaptation for stage and screen, and the historical figures they so vividly bring to life.

This lecture is made possible by the Drue Heinz Trust.

 

Charles Coypel’s masterpiece—the focus of the special exhibition Coypel’s Don Quixote Tapestries: Illustrating a Spanish Novel in Eighteenth-Century France—is one of many tapestry sets woven in Europe during this period. By locating the knight errant in the pictorial and decorative possibilities of the medium, as well as in the feverish rivalry characterizing the industry, Brosens addresses the basic question, “Why so many?”

Amaya Alzaga Ruiz, Assistant Professor, History of Art, The National University of Distance Education, Madrid, presents her lecture, "'Madrazo and the New York Collectors of El Greco," during the one-day symposium El Greco Comes to America: The Discovery of a Modern Old Master. This event was organized by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.

Richard L. Kagan, Arthur O. Lovejoy Professor Emeritus of History, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, presents his lecture, "'El Grecophilitis' in Philadelphia: A Case History," during the one-day symposium El Greco Comes to America: The Discovery of a Modern Old Master. This event was organized by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.

José Luis Colomer, Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, Madrid, presents his lecture, "El Greco at The Phillips Collection," during the one-day symposium El Greco Comes to America: The Discovery of a Modern Old Master. This event was organized by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.

Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, The Frick Collection, presents his lecture, "Henry Clay Frick and El Greco," during the one-day symposium El Greco Comes to America: The Discovery of a Modern Old Master. This event was organized by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.

Marcus B. Burke, Senior Curator, Museum Department, The Hispanic Society of America, New York, presents his lecture, "Works by El Greco at The Hispanic Society of America and Archer Milton Huntington as a Collector," during the one-day symposium El Greco Comes to America: The Discovery of a Modern Old Master. This event was organized by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.

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