March 2017
REMINDER: Salon Thursdays

Thursday, March 9: Book signing and talk by Dr. Patricia Mainardi

We start promptly at 6:30 pm. Come early, enjoy a glass of wine, and take a seat.  We expect a full house.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 6, when Dr. Elizabeth Emery examines a series of photographs, engravings, and paintings of Paul Verlaine, the French poet taken at bars and cafés in the 1890s in order to reassess his involvement in their production. Salon Thursdays takes place at 145 Sixth Avenue, at the corner of Dominick Street. 

Fourteenth Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Nineteenth-Century Art on March 26
Join us for the 2017 graduate student symposium, co-sponsored by the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA) and the Dahesh Museum of Art, taking place on Sunday, March 26, 10 am to 5 pm, at the Dahesh Museum Gift Shop.

This year, students from across the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Turkey and Israel are coming to New York to present their research on various 19th-century subjects and artists including Canova, Delville, Daumier, and Gauguin. The papers will address a range of topics from French graphic satire and Art Nouveau to the American stained-glass movement, from the amateur art societies in India to Ottoman imperial imagery. Paintings, drawings, prints, decorative arts, and issues of collecting, forgeries, nostalgia, and queer critical theory will be featured among the presentations.

Program details are posted on our website.

Behind the Scenes
At Home with Lourens (Sir Lawrence) Alma-Tadema

The Dahesh Museum has lent its two Alma-Tadema paintings to a splendid exhibition of works by him and other members of his family and artistic circle.  It opened October 2016 at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, his birthplace — the headline above provides his birth name before its “anglicization” in London. It has just transferred to Vienna’s Belvedere and will conclude at the Leighton House in London. In December Director of Exhibitions David Farmer visited the exhibition in Leeuwarden and reports that it is exceptionally well conceived, showcasing Alma-Tadema’s superb youthful and mature talent, the persuasiveness of his art on others, and his influence on the nascent film industry in the 20th century. Its quality and the native son’s fame have rewarded the museum with extraordinary attendance.

A three-story mural with a detail of one of Alma-Tadema’s brilliant evocations of Classical life greeted visitors to the museum. Marlies Stoter, one of the principal organizers and Curator at the Fries Museum, provided a tour of the exhibition, which included a generous survey of the artist’s life and work, as well as paintings by his talented family. One show-stopper is a folding screen with portraits of his wife’s family, complementing paintings by his wife Laura Theresa Epps, his daughter Anna, and other members of the extended family. The subtitle of the exhibition, At Home in Antiquity, has the double meaning of Alma-Tadema’s favored theme of daily life in the past (especially the Classical world) and his own domesticity.

Projections throughout the exhibition documented his indubitable influence on films, notably those depicting subjects from Classical and Egyptian antiquity, culminating in the final gallery, where viewers could see paintings such as the Dahesh’s Joseph, Overseer of Pharaoh’s Graneries matched with often astonishingly derivative clips from Hollywood movies — from silent black and white to glorious technicolor.  Alma-Tadema’s research into antique archaeology brought to life his recreations of antiquity, and film art directors have taken advantage of this from the beginning of the industry.

The organizers have produced a sumptuous, scholarly, and readable English-language catalogue (Prestel, 2016) that offers an outstanding survey of the artist’s life and times. So plan your trips to Vienna or London now to catch an exceptional exhibition. 

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