Gift of Art Lecture Series

Gift of Art Lecture Series
April 14, 2009

Lectures begin promptly at 7:30; refreshments will be served at 7:00 pm

The Artist in the Mirror: Reflections of Change
Self-Portraits from the Renaissance to the Present

In a series of three one-hour presentations, artist and art historian Marcy B. Freedman surveys the art of self-portraiture from the 15th century to the present. Her close examination of self-portraits reveals insights into the personality of the artists as well as their technical and stylistic preferences. Freedman uses these artworks to illustrate how the role of the artist in Western society has changed over the centuries.

April 14: Trouble-makers and Troubled Souls
The social and economic upheavals of late 18th-century Europe had a profound and long-lasting impact on the visual arts. A new emphasis on personal expression relegated many artists to the fringes of society, and some willingly cast themselves as “the suffering bohemian.” To illustrate this trend, Freedman discusses the self-portraits of Goya, Delacroix, Courbet, Van Gogh, Munch, Schiele, and others.

Pre-paid reservations required.
$60 members, $75 non-members for the series; $25 per lecture, $10 students
Refreshments at 7:00 pm; lectures begin promptly at 7:30 pm.


The Gift of Art Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of Mary Lou and Ira Alpert, Pat and Nick Ohnell, and Victoria and Stephen Morris.


Photo credits
Jan van Eyck; Portrait of a Man ('Man in a Red Turban") (detail), 1433; National Gallery, London
Vincent van Gogh; Self-Portrait (detail), 1889; National Gallery of Art; Washington, DC
Andy Warhol; Self-Portrait (detail), 1986; Brandhorst Collection, Munich