ArtHistory Lecture Series

A Curator’s Eye: Discerning a Masterpiece with Chief Curator Preston Metcalf

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We all know a masterpiece when we see one … or do we?  History is replete with works of art hailed as masterpieces, many of which seem obvious and self-evident: Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Picasso’s Guernica, etc., but what really makes them the great works we know them to be.  Are there criteria by which a work of art is judged that identify one work as a masterpiece and another as merely a lovely painting?  How do curators and connoisseurs recognize what others may only guess?

Please join us Thursday, February 6 for the first lecture in a series titled A Curator’s Eye: Discerning a Masterpiece.  Over six weeks we will explore the Psychology, Aesthetics, Consciousness, Demands, and Effects of a Masterpiece, the criteria that makes them so, and how we, as viewers and artists can recognize these qualities in visual, literary, and other arts.


Thursday Evenings, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., February 6 - March 13, six-week session

$85 members/$105 general ($20 drop-in fee/session)

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