Lectures

Susan Grace Galassi, Senior Curator at The Frick Collection, presents her lecture, "Stranger in a Strange Land: A Century of Exhibitions of El Greco in New York," 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.

Ellen Prokop, Associate Photoatchivist at The Frick Art Reference Library, presents her lecture, "The Father of Modern Painting? El Greco's Critical Fortunes," 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.

Walter Liedtke, Curator of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, presents his lecture,  "El Greco in the Metropolitan Museum: From 1905 to the Present," 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 Bray, Arturo and Holly Melosi Chief Curator at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, presents his lecture "Demystifying El Greco: His Use of Wax, Clay, and Plaster Models." An inventory of El Greco’s studio made in 1614, at the time of his death, lists some fifty models of plaster, clay, and wax. Bray considers how these models may have been used and the role they may have played in the creation of his quintessentially otherworldly style.

Inge Reist, Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Art Reference Library, introduces 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.

Michael Gallagher, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of the Department of Paintings Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art discussed his treatment and technical study of Botticelli’s Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child, which is featured in the current special exhibition Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery.

Richard Ormond, the leading expert on John Singer Sargent, traces the artist's career from its beginnings to his major breakthrough in 1892, with his execution of the ravishing portrait of Gertrude Vernon, Lady Agnew, which opened the way to the British market and catapulted him to transatlantic fame.

 Michael Clarke, Director of the Scottish National Gallery, speaks about the exhibition Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery and the history of the great Edinburgh museum.

El Greco’s decade-long sojourn in Venice and Rome has recently been the focus of scholarly attention, but it has yet to be adequately reconciled with the entirety of his artistic career. Referencing studies of cultural hybridity in the early modern world, Andrew Casper explores El Greco’s assimilation of Italian Renaissance painting as well as the evolution of his idiosyncratic style.

Andrew Casper is Assistant Professor of Art History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Art historian Alvar González-Palacios presents his lecture "A Precious Vision of Antiquity" on the sumptuous surtouts de table created in Rome during the late eighteenth century by Luigi and Giuseppe Valadier and other artists. Intended for grand state dinners, these elaborate centerpieces feature miniature versions of ancient monuments, sculptures, and obelisks in bronze, porcelain, colored marble, and hardstone.

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