A Series of Lectures at Met

May 21, 2009

Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective

This one-day symposium gathers leading international scholars to discuss a variety of topics related to the exhibition “Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective.” The first major exhibition in New York in twenty years devoted to one of the most compelling painters of the twentieth century, it features some 130 works-sixty-five paintings and as many archival items from public and private collections from around the world-that span the entirety of the artist’s full and celebrated career.

May 30, 2009

Lectures about the American Wing

  • Shuffling the Decks: The New American Wing Balcony Displays
  • Technical Analysis and Treatment of Two Nineteenth-Century Enameled Vases Produced by Tiffany & Co.
  • American Furniture in a New Light
  • Old Dutch Architecture in the New American Wing: A Dwelling Room from Albany County, New York
  • Tree Rings, Paint Chips, and Faded Text: Using Technology and Period Documents in Reinterpreting the American Wing Period Rooms

May 31, 3009

Lectures about the American Wing

  • Duyckinck to Tiffany: New York Stained Glass 1650-1920
  • Moguls and Museums: A History of Collecting Stained Glass in America
  • From Plumber to Glazier: The Story of Stained-Glass Restoration
  • Handle with Care: Approaches, Perils, and Best Practice in Stained-Glass Conservation Today

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 - 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.

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