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Art Matters Lecture with Judith Mann - Artemisia Gentileschi: New Understandings

Thursday, March 7, 2024
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Judith Mann
Senior Curator of European Art to 1800, Saint Louis Art Museum

Over the last 75 years, Artemisia Gentileschi has developed into an icon of female empowerment and the emotive drama of baroque painting. Identified with images of Judith decapitating the general Holofernes, she has come to be understood as a woman who succeeded in a man’s world, overcoming considerable obstacles to do so. While not entirely inaccurate, such an understanding fails to address the reality of the artist’s life in 17th-century Italian society, and has caused her less dramatic paintings to remain misunderstood or overlooked. Dr. Mann will discuss seven of the artists’ paintings, including well-known titles such as Susanna and the Elders along with a series of works that have come to light within the last 20 years. Her talk will provide a richer and more nuanced version of the painter than has generally been offered in exhibitions and recent publications.

Generous support for Art Matters is provided by the SBMA Women’s Board.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Museum Circles): FREE
SBMA Member (Enthusiast and below): $10.00
Non-Member: $15.00
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Art Matters Lecture with George Shackelford - Bonnard’s Worlds

Thursday, April 4, 2024
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

George Shackelford

Over the course of his fifty-year career, Pierre Bonnard painted the spaces of his personal experience again and again. In complex compositions employing luminous color and sensitive brushwork, Bonnard explored the realms of his visual and sensory experience–from landscape to garden to terrace to house, looking along a path, through an open window, down at a tabletop or a bathtub, or into a mirror. George Shackelford will explore these worlds across time and place, through images drawn from the exhibition he organized for the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, and The Phillips Collection, Washington. D.C.

Generous support for Art Matters is provided by the SBMA Women’s Board.

credit: Pierre Bonnard, Garden with a Small Bridge (Jardin au Petit Pont), 1937, oil on canvas, 39 × 48 7/8 in. (99.1 × 124.1 cm). SBMA, Bequest of Wright S. Ludington, 1993.1.1.    

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Museum Circles): FREE
SBMA Member (Enthusiast and below): $10.00
Non-Member: $15.00
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE