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Lecture: “David’s Portraits: An International View”

For Immediate Release

June 24, 2005

Robert Rosenblum, noted arts writer and professor of fine arts at New York University, will speak on “David’s Portraits: An International View” on Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m. The lecture will be presented at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and is free to the public.

Rosenblum, focusing on works in the current exhibition at the Clark, Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile, will present David’s portraits in terms of connections with his contemporaries. Early parallels with John Singleton Copley and Wright of Derby, plus later parallels with Biedermeier portraits will be explored.

Rosenblum’s long and distinguished career has included teaching at Columbia, Yale, and Princeton. His articles, from Neoclassicism to the art of the 1990s, have been published in Art in America, Architectural Digest, Vogue, and The Burlington Magazine, among others. In addition to lecturing, co-organizing exhibitions, and writing essays for catalogues, Rosenblum has appeared in TV films and BBC programs.

Empire to Exile features 26 paintings and 22 works on paper, of which eight paintings and 11 works on paper have never before been exhibited in this country. The exhibition includes David’s work for the Emperor Napoleon circa 1805 to the paintings done while the artist was exiled to Brussels near the end of his life. The exhibition will be on view through September 5.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August (closed Mondays September through June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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