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Reni St Sebastian

Lecture: Baroque Makeovers: Style Change in Seventeenth-Century Italian Painting
October 22, 2015, 5 p.m.

Devlin Hall 101, Boston College
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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. We are pleased to have Dr. Catherine Puglisi, Professor of Art History at Rutgers, presenting this year's lecture. Professor Puglisi is the author of numerous books examining Italian Baroque themes and artists, including monographs on Caravaggio and Francesco Albani. Most recently, she co-edited a collection of essays presented during a symposium on her current area of research, the Man of Sorrows as represented in 18th-century Venetian art, and served as co-curator of a related 2011 exhibition at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City.

The von Henneberg lecture and the reception immediately following are free and open to the public. Please RSVP by October 1 (617-552-4295 or Sponsored by the Fine Arts Department. Above: Guido Reni, Saint Sebastian, ca. 1625 (oil on canvas; Auckland Art Gallery).


All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Northern Blue Sky

Northern Sky: Collages by Stoney Conley
Level Three Gallery, O'Neill Library Library hours
January through August 2015

Fine Arts Professor Stoney Conley combines painting and collage in his recent works, portraying the trees and skies of New England. The artist says this technique "forces one to simplify, to see the whole and not get lost in the details." At left: Northern Sky Blue, 2012. Presented by the Fine Arts Department and The Boston College Libraries.

Library Staff Summer Exhibit

Celebrating Creativity of the Boston College Libraries' Staff
Level One Gallery, O'Neill Library Library Hours
June 9 – August 22, 2015

Members of the Boston College Libraries' staff exhibit their work in the arts: painting; photography; calligraphy; poetry; crafts; textiles; and other forms of creative work.  Sponsored by the Boston College Libraries.

Curtain Window 1882

Forthcoming exhibition: John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred

McMullen Museum, Boston College
September 1 – December 13, 2015

This exhibition aims to provide an interdisciplinary perspective of La Farge's quest to visualize the sacred in an oeuvre that includes works treating ostensibly non-religious as well as religious subjects. Over 85 works, including stained glass windows, paintings and works on paper by the innovative 19th-century American artist, will be on display. Professor Jeffery Howe curated the exhibition, which celebrates the completion of the restoration of three monumental stained glass windows, and Alison and William Vareika's (BC '74) generous gifting of those windows to the McMullen Museum. Professor Howe also edited the accompanying catalog for the exhibition, containing essays by scholars (many B.C.-affiliated) who examine La Farge's work from a range of disciplines, including the stained-glass expert responsible for the restoration of the McMullen's new treasures -- the La Farge windows depicting St. John the Evangelist, Christ Preaching, and St. Paul.

John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred was organized by the McMullen Museum and underwritten by Boston College, the Patrons of the McMullen Museum, Alison and William Vareika, and Jane and Gerard Gaughan, with additional support from the Newton College Class of 1975. Above: John La Farge, Curtain Window, 1882-84 (leaded opalescent glass).  Newport Art Museum, Gift of Stephen J. Warner, 1995.004.1.


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