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Monday at The Met—"To Make the Absent Present": Portraiture in The Met Collection

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Page Knox, educator

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Start your day with Page Knox, Columbia University professor and frequent Met lecturer. Visit the galleries in the morning and have lunch in the Members Dining Room, followed by a discussion of selected works of art. Classes have limited availability for a more intimate experience.

This eight-part series will explore the nature of portraiture in The Met collection, including paintings of the early Renaissance to those of the 20th century. Through a consideration of portraits from a range of cultures and time periods, the class will examine the various roles of the genre—from providing a likeness of a specific individual to the representation of the subject's social position and/or inner character, the artistic conventions that construct the sitter as a type of their time, and also what sets the individual apart from that context. The ability of portraiture to capture these concepts and more make it a powerful and fascinating form of representation.

September 19
"Italian Renaissance Portraiture"

September 26
"Early Netherlandish and Dutch Portraiture"

October 17
"Spanish Portraiture"

October 24
"English Portraiture"

October 31
"Eve of the Terror: French Portraiture"

November 7
"Eve of the Election: Political Portraits in America"

November 14
"Portraits of the Gilded Age in America"

November 28
"Portraiture and Modernism"

Above: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, 1780–1867). Joséphine-Éléonore-Marie-Pauline de Galard de Brassac de Béarn (1825–1860), Princesse de Broglie (detail), 1851–53. Oil on canvas; 47 3/4 x 35 3/4 in. (121.3 x 90.8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.186)

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