Lectures

At the end of the sixteenth century Giambologna dominated the art of the small bronze, and his statuettes were highly prized by rulers and sophisticated collectors across Europe. In principle, the master’s models could be endlessly reproduced in bronze casts. Research undertaken for the upcoming exhibition Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection will show how and why replication became a major characteristic of the art of the small bronze and investigate whether multiplicity was considered a virtue.―This lecture is made possible by the Robert H.

This lecture presents an overview of the Hill Collection exhibition, which combines celebrated masterpieces with new discoveries in the field of bronzes. It traces the history of the bronze statuette from the late fifteenth to the eighteenth century in Italy and northern Europe. Particular emphasis is placed on the works of preeminent sculptors such as Giambologna, Tetrode, and Adriaen de Vries. 

―This lecture was made possible by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.
 

At the end of the nineteenth century, Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring sold for a pittance, an unknown work by an artist who was only beginning to achieve recognition. Today it is revered as a great masterpiece, so famous that it is recognizable by its title alone, with the name of its maker being almost superfluous. This lecture examines the reasons this image resonates so profoundly with contemporary audiences.
 

October 3, 2013
The Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection celebrates the inauguration of its Fellows Program with a lecture Start Again: Collections and Memory by Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance.

This lecture examines David d'Angers's monumental commissions of the 1820s and 1830s in relation to the Bourbon Restoration, the July Monarchy, and the politics of public memory. It also will consider the sculptor's relationship to the period's architects and their collaborative work on the transformation of urban space in Paris.
 

Dutch genre paintings of the seventeenth century show individuals in domestic settings going about their daily activities, such as letter writing, eating and drinking, or making music. Many of these seemingly straightforward scenes, however, contain moral lessons that are difficult for us to decipher today.

Noted art critic and historian Hans den Hartog Jager interviewed Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra, known for her remarkable oeuvre of large-scale portraits, which were featured in a retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum last year. The artist discussed the relationship of contemporary photography and her own work to paintings by such artists as Rembrandt and Vermeer. 

―This program was made possible through the generous support of the Drue Heinz Trust.
 

The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis combines a truly great collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings with the spectacular setting of a seventeenth-century city palace in the historic center of The Hague. This lecture traces the history of the Mauritshuis's collection and the building that houses it, and offers a behind-the-scenes view of the current renovation and expansion of the museum.
 

The clocks in the exhibition Precision and Splendor reflect some of the major debates about time that have occurred over the last five hundred years. This lecture discusses the relevance of the exhibited clocks  to our understanding of some of the great historic changes in timekeeping, including the Gregorian calendar and the Counter-Reformation, the Copernican revolution, the replacement of solar time with mean time, and the French Revolution's failed experiment with decimal time.
 

 

Dorothy Johnson explores the significance of David d'Angers's public and private works, from medallions and busts to statues and statuettes of famous figures. In particular, she considers the ways in which David read and interpreted the world and the individuals who helped shape it as visible signs of a hidden language of nature and culture.
 

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