Today, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, will begin a free, three-part lecture series on the Val A. Browning Memorial Collection of 500 Years of European Paintings. The lectures will be held on campus at the UMFA, Sundays at 2 p.m.
The first lecture in the series, "Rococo to Neoclassicism in the Browning Collection through Landscapes, Portraits and Genre Subjects: The French Paintings," will be presented by Frank Sanquinetti, museum director. Boucher, Eisen, Flipart, Fragonard and Corot are among the artists discussed.The second lecture, Nov. 17, "A View of Variety: Artistic Collaboration and Specialization in the Dutch and Flemish Paintings from the Browning Collection," will be presented by Sheila D. Muller, professor of art history. Muller will focus on the practices of making paintings in the 17th century in northern Europe.
The third and final lecture in the series, "The Lives Behind the Paintings of Elisabeth Marie Vigee Le Brun," will be given on Nov. 24 by playwright and author Aden Ross. The Browning Collection contains two portraits by Le Brun and they will be discussed within the context of the "female gaze," the point of view which argues that male and female artists may paint differently because of their gen-der.
The UMFA is located on the University of Utah campus at 1530 E. South Campus Dr. (400 South). Admission to exhibitions and lectures is free of charge. Parking is free and available in the Fine Arts Parking lot on weekends.
For more information, call 581-7049.