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Colored drawing
Federico Barocci: The Head of
St. John the Evangelist, c1580
(National Gallery of Art,
Washington, D.C.)

‘Though this be madness, yet there is method in it’: Federico Barocci's Colored Drawings
Thursday, October 2 at 5:00 p.m. in Devlin Hall 101

Upon her retirement in 2001 from a long and distinguished teaching career at Boston College, Josephine von Henneberg endowed an annual lecture series that has since brought to BC prominent scholars in the history of Italian art. Dr. Babette Bohn, Professor of Art History in the School of Art at Texas Christian University, will present this year’s Josephine von Henneberg Lecture in Italian Art. Dr. Bohn is a specialist in Italian art and has published widely, including co-authoring "Barocci: Brilliance and Grace," the catalogue of an exhibition for which she was also the curator. The exhibition was on view at the St. Louis Art Museum in late 2012, and the National Gallery in London in early 2013.

Federico Barocci (about 1533-1612) was a painter and prolific draughtsman in whose drawings we can begin to see how, in late 16th-century Italy, the harmonious and humanistic character of High Renaissance art was beginning to develop towards the dynamism of the Baroque. The lecture is free and open to the public; a reception will follow. Please RSVP by September 12 (617-552-8596 or Directions and parking


All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds
Wifredo Lam: Le Sombre
Malembo, Dieu de carrefour, 1943
(Rudman Collection; c2014
Artists Rights Society [ARS],
New York/ADAGP, Paris)

Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds
September 1 – December 14, 2014
McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College
Visitor information

This retrospective exhibition of the work of the Cuban artist Wifredo Lam (1902-82) will present it in the context of established artistic movements of the twentieth century, and demonstrate how the artist blurred the boundaries of these movements and incorporated influences from literature and religion to create a truly global and original oeuvre. An accompanying catalogue includes essays by Elizabeth T. Goizueta, the curator of the exhibition, as well as Professor Claude Cernuschi. Organized by the McMullen Museum, and underwritten by Boston College and the Museum's Patrons, the exhibition will travel to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in February 2015.


Celebrating Creativity of the Boston College Libraries' Staff
June 9 – August 22, 2014
Level One Gallery, O'Neill Library
Library hours


Japanese Woodblock Prints
July 7 – August 30, 2014
O'Neill Library Reading Room, Library Hours
Bookbuilders of Boston intern Erin Furlong recently assisted the Burns Library in processing its Japanese prints. This exhibition comprises some highlights of this collection, which is now open to researchers.


Illuminating Stained Glass: An Exhibition of Selected Decorative Windows of the Bapst and Burns Libraries
December 16, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Level Three Gallery, O'Neill Library, Library hours
Gary Wayne Gilbert photographed a selection of Earl Edward Sanborn's windows illustrating various aspects of Jesuit education. Sponsored by the Boston College Libraries.