In a lecture titled Glorifying America: Landscape Painting in the mid-19th Century, Evelyn Trebilcock, curator of Olana – the Hudson, NY estate of painter Frederic E. Church – will examine the way mid-19th century American landscape painting glorified the country by illustrating important historical moments and by celebrating the promise of the young nation. She will explore how landscape artists romanticized stories from America’s colonial past. For example, Albert Bierstadt’s Bartholomew Gosnold at Cuttyhunk (currently on exhibit in the Wattles Family Gallery), Frederic Church’s The Charter Oak, 1847 and Niagara, 1857 captured the great natural wonders of America and represented the potential of the nation’s future.
Tuesday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-lecture reception offered at 6:45 p.m. Tickets: $15 (non-members, $20). Call (508) 997-0046, ext. 100 for reservations.
The Old Dartmouth Lyceum features illustrated presentations and a forum for discussion by national experts in American landscape painting, and scholars in the field of American Studies exploring 19th century landscape painting within the context of the Whaling Museum’s collection as currently on exhibit in the Old Dartmouth Historical Society Wattles Family Gallery.
The Old Dartmouth Lyceum is funded in part by Sovereign/Santander.