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Monday at the Met with Elinor Richter: American Art from the Colonial Period through the Nineteenth Century

Fur Traders Descending the Missouri

Monday at the Met, March 3–June 2, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

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The signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 marked the official beginning of the American national identity, and the new nation now needed a history that would be partially expressed in visual terms. American artists worked in all genres but excelled specifically in portraiture and landscape; the latter is particularly significant, as America was regarded as the "New Arcadia." Following the dictum to "Go West," artists painted America from coast to coast: from the wintry tundra of the Atlantic Northwest to the deserts of the Southwest and the Pacific Ocean. The Civil War ended the halcyon days of the Early Republic, producing artists who struggled to portray a war-torn nation and the difficult days of Reconstruction. With peace restored, many American artists traveled abroad bringing home the new European style of Impressionism, and the century closed with the candid realism of Eakins and Bellows.

A frequent lecturer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Elinor Richter earned her PhD, MPhil, and MA from Columbia University. She has taught full-time at Hunter College since 2001, and is also currently on the faculty of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In 1997, she was the first adjunct professor to receive the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching at Hunter College. As a professor of Renaissance art, she has focused primarily on Italian art of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Her concentration has been Italian sculpture—not only in Florence, the epicenter of the new Humanism, but also at other Tuscan centers such as Siena and Orvieto. Her articles have appeared in artibus et historiae, Source, and The Grove Dictionary of Art. She has written a book entitled La Scultura di Antonio Federighi (Turin: Umberto Allemandi, 2002) and is currently preparing a monographic study on the fortuna critica of Raphael's Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione.

March 3: Colonial Portraiture: John Singleton Copley and Ralph Earl

March 10: The Peale Family European Paintings

March 24: The Hudson River School of Landscape Painting

March 31: Winslow Homer and the Civil War

April 28: Americans Abroad I: John Singer Sargent

May 12: Americans Abroad II: James Whistler and Mary Cassatt

May 19: Trompe l'oeil Still-Life Painting: William Harnett and John Peto

June 2: Thomas Eakins's The Gross Clinic and the New Realism

Please note: All sessions include a luncheon with wine in the Members Dining Room.

Above: George Caleb Bingham (American, 1811–1897). Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, 1845. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Morris K. Jessup Fund, 1933 (33.61)

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Fee: $1,600 for the eight-session course

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