University College presents art history lectures to coincide with major museum exhibitions this year


University College at Fairfield University presents an art history lecture series that helps the audience "See the Masters with the Experts."

Fairfield University scholars will offer insights and expertise on the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, the paintings of Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez and the American watercolors of Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Georgia O'Keeffe during exhibitions of those masters at nearby museums.

The three lectures will each take place at 10 a.m. on Fairfield University's campus.

Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D., professor of art history at Fairfield, will deliver the first lecture on Wed., Feb. 5. "The Drawings of Leonardo," will survey the master's drawings assembled for the first time in America. The lecture is designed to accompany "Leonardo da Vinci, Master Draftsman," an exhibition that runs Jan. 22 through March 30 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

On Thursday, March 20, series ticket-holders will hear "The Spanish Baroque and its influence on 19th century French painting." The lecture, by Jesús Escobar, Ph.D., associate professor of art history at Fairfield University, will coincide with "Manet/Velázquez - the French Taste for Spanish Paintings," another exhibit at the Metropolitan, which will run March 4 through June 8.

Diana Mille, Ph.D., director of the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield, will round out the series on Wed., April 2, with "Homer to Hopper: Masters of American Watercolor." Her lecture will accompany an exhibition of the same name that runs Dec. 3 through June 8 at the Yale University Art Gallery.

Tickets for the series are $139. For more information or to register, please call University College at (203) 254-4307.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on January 17, 2003

Vol. 35, No. 170