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Janson-La Palme Distinguished Lecture in European Art History

Established by Washington College Professor Emeritus Robert J. H. Janson-La Palme and his wife, Bayly, brings internationally known scholars on European art to campus for public lectures and presentations.


Jeffery Chipps Smith, the Kay Fortson Chair in European Art at the University of Texas and author of Dürer, published in 2012 by Phaidon.


Mariët Westermann, Vice President, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, New York, formerly Director, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and Founding CEO and Provost, New York University, Abu Dhabi.


Keith Christiansen, visiting lecturer

Keith Christiansen, John Pope Hennessy Chairman, Department of Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, “Bellini, Saint Francis and the Religious Poesia,” Thursday, April 19, 5:00pm, Decker Theater, Gibson Center for the Arts.

Bellini's Saint Francis

Giovanni Bellini’s painting of Saint Francis in the Frick Collection is often considered one of the greatest Renaissance paintings in America. It is also one Bellini’s most enigmatic masterpieces: after generations of erudite scholarship we are still uncertain what its subject is. Keith Christiansen will review what we know of its history and discuss the new kind of poetics of painting it proposes and the active viewer it requires. 


Earl A. Powell III, Director of the National Gallery of Art, “The National Gallery in the New Century.” Monday, April 5, 5:30 p.m., Hotchkiss Recital Hall, Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts


Peter Humfrey, Professor of Art History, School of Art History, St. Andrew’s University, Scotland, “Giovanni Bellini and his Patrons.” Wednesday, March 4, 4:30 p.m., CAC Forum


“Composition and Decomposition in Girodet’s ‘Revolt of Cairo,’” a lecture by Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, Thursday, April 17, 4:30 p.m., in the College’s Casey Academic Center Forum.


“Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the History of Art,” a lecture by Paul Barolsky, Commonwealth Professor of Art History, University of Virginia, Thursday, April 12, 4:30 p.m., at Washington College’s Casey Academic Center Forum.


“Unbridled Passions: Animals in Romantic Art,” a lecture by Robert Rosenblum, Henry Ittleson, Jr., Professor of Modern European Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of Twentieth-Century Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Thursday, March 30, 2006, at 4:30 p.m., in the College’s Casey Acedemic Center Forum.