September 19 Art Encounters
Seeing Red!
10:30–11:30 am
Third Thursday Art Encounters
offers docent-guided tours of Joslyn's collections and special exhibitions on the third Thursday of each month, beginning at 10:30 am. Designed to appeal to all art lovers, from the well-seasoned to the amateur, these monthly programs are a great way to learn about art with others.

The color red has been used by artists throughout history to achieve dramatic effect, subtle impact, or to convey symbolic meaning. Join us as we explore Joslyn's most beloved paintings containing the most stunning of all colors, RED.

Giovanni Raggi (1712-1792)
The Battle of Imbros, 1717
(An Allegory of a Naval Victory) 1733-1741

oil on canvas, 113 3/4 x 93 in.; 288.925 x 236.22 cm 
Gift of M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., 1947  

This painting blends the real and the imaginary. Its upper half records a factual naval battle between Venetians and Turks, with letters identifying ships and commanders whose names are given on a scroll at the bottom. The foreground contains an allegory, or symbolic representation, that includes Minerva (the Roman goddess of wisdom and war), Hercules (wearing a lion's skin), a personification of Fame (with a trumpet), and chained captives. These figures embody the victory of Venetian skill and ingenuity over the Turks' brute strength. The painting's size and nationalistic subject suggest that it originally embellished a Venetian palazzo or public building.

Presented in partnership with The Nebraska Medical Center's Health & Wellness Club, Art Encounters is free to all. Reservations are not required.  For program details please contact Joslyn's Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661-3862 or

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