M.D. Anderson Art Lecture Series Welcomes Baroque Art International Expert

Nov. 5, 2007

by Katie Brooks, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Baylor University's art department will hold its annual M.D. Anderson Lecture Series featuring Dr. Judith W. Mann's presentation, "Orazio & Artemisia Gentileschi: Father vs. Daughter in Early Baroque Art," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in room 149 in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor campus.

Mann is an early European art curator at the Saint Louis Art Museum and an international expert of the subject of Gentileschi, said Dr. Heidi J. Hornik, professor of art history at Baylor.

She is the co-author of an exhibition catalogue for the Metropolitan Museum of Art titled, "Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi: Father and Daughter Painters in Baroque Italy." Mann is also the editor of papers presented at the Gentileschi Symposium at the Saint Louis Art Museum titled, "Artemisia Gentileschi: Taking Stock."

Dr. Mann will speak from her expertise about the 17th-century Italian painters Orazio Gentileschi and his daughter Artemisia, who was one of the first and the most successful female painters at the time, Hornik said.

"She will engage the audience in the complexities of the father-daughter relationship steeped in the culture of 17th-century Italy," Hornik said.

Major collections around the world including the Louvre, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Saint Louis Art Museum feature works of the Gentileschi.

"Mann was the co-director of an exhibition that brought the works of the father and daughter painters together that was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum and museums in Rome. She continues to publish and speak about these artists and has broken new ground in understanding the life of Artemisia," Hornik said.

This endowed lecture series is the result of a grant from the M.D. Anderson Foundation in recognition of Milton Wilson, long-time member of the Friends of Fine Arts at Baylor.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception for Mann will immediately follow the lecture.

For more information, contact Hornik at Heidi_Hornik@baylor.edu.

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