February 23 2017 Graham and Sally Lusk Lecture
Program begins at 6:30 PM; Cash bar opens at 5:00

"Titian, Veronese, and the Nude in Renaissance Venice" with Frederick Ilchman, Chair, Art of Europe, and Mrs. Russell W. Baker Curator of Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Program is free and open to the public. Lecture begins at 6:30 pm in the Witherspoon Concert Hall; cash bar opens at 5:00 pm in the Storz Fountain Court. For information, contact Joslyn's Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661-3862 or by email.



Artists in the Italian Renaissance delighted in the beauty of the human body, both male and female, reviving ancient Greek and Roman prototypes and sensibilities. In the early 16th century, painters in Venice developed a new appreciation for the female nude, infusing it with sensuality and animating the figure with narrative aspects. This development exploited the concurrent adoption of oil-on-canvas painting, which first took place in Venice. Venetian painters such as Titian and Veronese invented the genre of the sensual female nude, which has inspired Western artists and viewers down to our time.

A specialist in the art of Renaissance Italy and trained at Princeton and Columbia Universities, Frederick Ilchman  (pictured right) has worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, since 2001. He was appointed Chair, Art of Europe, at the MFA in 2014. He helped plan the major exhibition on Jacopo Tintoretto at the Museo del Prado in Madrid in 2007 and contributed to its catalogue. He later served as the lead curator for Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice (2009), an exhibition organized jointly by the MFA and the Musée du Louvre. In 2014, he co-curated for Boston the exhibition Goya: Order and Disorder, which was selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the year’s best shows. Frederick is now the national chair of Save Venice Inc., the largest private committee dedicated to preserving the art and architecture of Venice.

What's pictured: Veronese (Paolo Caliari) (Italian, Venetian, 1528–1588), Venus at Her Toilette, ca. 1582, oil on canvas, 65 x 49 inches, Museum purchase, 1942.4



The Graham and Sally Lusk Annual Lecture
invites distinguished speakers--acclaimed artists, scholars, and visionary thinkers in the field of art and creativity--to engage and inspire audiences who wish to better understand and appreciate art from around the world and throughout time. The series was created through an estate gift from Graham Lusk, Ph.D., and honors both Graham and Sally's commitment to the Museum.

A graduate with a Bachelor in Science, Masters of Science, and Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Graham Lusk was a lover of classical and operatic music, history, conservation of trees, and art. Sally Lusk has spent much of her life serving museums in a docent role – including Joslyn Art Museum, where she was a docent at Joslyn for 25 years and served on the Docent Advisory Council. The Graham and Sally Lusk Lecture is an annual lecture which is free to the public.

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