James S. Copley Auditorium
Friday, 10:00 a.m.
Focusing on masterworks from The San Diego Museum of Art's Permanent Collection, Dr. Charlotte Eyerman, Executive Director of the Monterey Museum of Art, will explore the complex relationship between artists and sitters across cultures, eras, and media. Portraiture both captures and constructs identity, suggesting the subject's emotional or intellectual state, as well as his or her status in private and public realms. The portrait invites an intimate dialogue between the viewer and the work of art, opening a range of questions such as:
What drives the impulse to have one's portrait made?
Is it always an act of self-promotion or commemoration?
What is the role of the artist in creating images of others?
In this genre, so often mixed with contractual transactions and attendant expectations, how does the portrait differ from other genres?
How has the role and the function of the portrait changed from the Renaissance to the present day?
This lecture is followed by a docent-led tour of portraits from the Museum's Permanent Collection, and is part of the 2014 Friday Morning Lecture & Tour Series, which takes place on the third Friday of each month. View upcoming lectures.