March 3, 2017
Williamstown, Massachusetts—Ivan Gerát, a fellow at the Clark Art Institute, presents the free lecture “Image, Narrative, and Mentality: Recent Perspectives in Approaching Medieval Pictorial Legends” on Tuesday, March 14 at 5:30 pm. The lecture will be held in the Michael Conforti Pavilion.
The role of narratives in creative artistic processes and their influence on the historical functions of images open many fascinating questions in art history and related disciplines. This lecture presents several case studies, illustrating the attempts to achieve a new theoretical understanding of pictorial legends, taking into account the cutting-edge methodological discussions as well as close reading of relevant historical sources.
Ivan Gerát is director at the Institute for Art History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava and associate professor at the University of Trnava. His last book Legendary Scenes: An Essay on Medieval Pictorial Hagiography was published in 2013. His current research focuses on the broad cultural contexts of images in the Late Middle Ages, philosophical problems of image interpretation, and the historiography of art in the Central Europe.
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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