Art History Lecture: French Painting in the Fifteenth Century

Written by Rowley on February 4th, 2013

The gentleman on the right appears to be teaching a lamb how to read and the regent on the left is all like, “Sorry bro, not impressed.”

On Wednesday, Visiting Assistant Professor Jennifer Courts will deliver the annal Art History Lecture, titled  “Paint, Possessions, and Polity: Fifteenth-Century Foundations of French Painting.“

According to Skidmore propaganda:

“France’s position in the development of fifteenth-century oil painting is often overlooked for a number of reasons, foremost of which is the national economic and emotional toll of the Hundred Years’ War. Traditional scholarship has viewed the French adoption of oil painting as motivated by a change in taste among wealthy Parisians, away from the International Gothic and toward “modern” painting. But what exactly made oil painting, ostensibly the domain of the wealthy merchants of the duchy of Burgundy during the early fifteenth century, of interest to an audience composed of the sovereign and his closest advisors at the heart of the kingdom of France? Professor Courts will address this question by focusing on the unique ability of oil painting to recreate the people, places and objects of the material world.”

This should be of interest to anybody with a passion for art history or gaunt, pale, people suffering from malnutrition and (maybe) St. Vitus’ Dance.

Wednesday February 6, 5:30pm @ Davis

(via Speaker’s Bureau)

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