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Guest Lecture & Tour Series: The Road from Giorgione and Caravaggio to the Greatness of Spanish Painting

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Guest Lecture & Tour Series: The Road from Giorgione and Caravaggio to the Greatness of Spanish Painting

Location: James S. Copley Auditorium

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Friday, February 15
10:00 a.m.
James S. Copley Auditorium

Beginning from the fine Giorgione portrait in the Museum’s collection, British art historian, Nigel McGilchrist, traces the path which leads from the extraordinary innovations of Giorgione and Titian in Venice – and later of Caravaggio (whose work both Velázquez and Goya saw when they visited Rome) – into the heart of Spanish painting in its Golden Age: El Greco, Zurbarán, Sánchez Cotán, and the greatest Spanish masters.  This is a fascinating story of journeys, influences, illnesses, challenges and emulation: it results in some of the most individualistic works in the history of art.

Art-historian Nigel McGilchrist was a scholar at Winchester College and at Oxford, and has lived in the Mediterranean area – Greece, Turkey and Italy – for almost forty years, working initially for the Italian Ministry of Arts in the field of wall-painting conservation.  He taught at Rome University, for the University of Massachusetts, and was formerly Dean of European Studies for a consortium of American Universities.  He lectures widely in art and architectural history at museums and institutions in Europe and the USA, and has written a detailed survey of the art and architecture of the Aegean world in twenty volumes (McGilchrist’s Greek Islands) This is the eleventh time in almost twenty-five years that he has spoken at the San Diego Museum of Art.  His home is now on the Greek island of Kythera.

This lecture is presented as a part of the Guest Lecture & Tour series, which focuses on works of art on view in the Museum as well as topics of interest in the broader art world. Lectures are followed by docent-led tours.

$13 members | $16 nonmembers | $8 seniors and military | $5 students

Sponsored by The San Diego Museum of Art Docent Council

Featured: Giorgione (Giorgio de Castelfranco), Portrait of a Man (‘Terris Portrait’), 1506. Oil on panel. The San Diego Museum of Art. Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam. 1941.100.
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February 15, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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James S. Copley Auditorium
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