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Membership Class for Adults

Saturday Evenings with Elinor Richter: The Landscape

Albert Bierstadt, Sunrise on the Matterhorn (66.114)

Saturdays, September 20–December 13, 5:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

We are pleased to offer Members at the Sustaining ($600) level and above the opportunity to register for this special program.

There exists no better place to study the art of landscape painting than at the Met. Join us on select Saturday evenings to discover the Met's vast and varied collection of landscape paintings on view in the galleries. Each evening concludes with a wine and cheese reception in one of the private spaces in the Members Dining Room.

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.

September 20: Landscapes in the Fifteenth Century
Early in the 15th century landscape painting was established as a genre in Europe as a setting for human activity. See works by Giovanni di Paolo, Piero di Cosimo, Bruegel, Poussin, and others.

October 25: Nineteenth-Century French Landscape Painting
The Barbizon artists were followed by the Impressionists. See works by Ruskin, Corot, Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and others.

November 15: American Paintings—The Hudson River School
Inspired American painters created works of mammoth scale that attempted to capture the epic scope of the countryside that excited them. See works by Thomas Cole, Church, Gifford, Bierstadt, and Durand.

December 13: Garden as Landscape
Our tour of Met gardens takes us to unique spaces, including The Charles Engelhard Court and The Astor Chinese Garden Court. Members will view landscapes by Matisse and Bonnard, among others.

Members may register for any or all sessions; there is limited availability for each session.

Please note: All sessions include a wine and cheese reception in one of the Met's private dining spaces.

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Above: Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830–1902). Sunrise on the Matterhorn (detail), after 1875. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. Karl W. Koeniger, 1966 (66.114)

[For Supporting and Sustaining Members]
Fee: $150 per person for each session

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