Wshington >> Vincent P. de Luise, MD, master scholar and frequent lecturer on art music and the humanities, will give an illustrated talk entitled “Upon Reflection: Masters of Self-Portraiture — Rembrandt, Durer and their Legacy.”
This program is Thursday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington.
Why does an artist choose to paint their reflection? What aspects of personality and psychology is an artist trying to capture by portraying their own visage? How do artists paint their hands when they are in the act of painting? What does self-portraiture tell us about the artists themselves? Why did two artists- Durer and Rembrandt paint themselves so frequently?
Dr Vincent de Luise will discuss these visual perceptual issues and the optics of self-portraiture, with specific reference to Albrecht Dürer’s remarkable self-portraits beginning in his teen-age years in the 1490s, and Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn’s evolution of the technique of self-portraiture in the 17th century. The lecture will include an analysis of self-portraiture over the centuries, including works by Michelangelo, Leonardo, Caravaggio, Titian, Gentileschi, Velazquez, Goya, Manet and van Gogh.
Dr. de Luise is an assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at Yale University School of Medicine, and on the adjunct faculty of the Weill Cornell Medical College, where he serves on the Humanities and Medicine Committee and the Music and Medicine Initiative. He is president of the Connecticut Summer Opera Foundation and lectures frequently about music and the arts.
This program is free and open to the public but registration is requested.
Please call 860-868-7586 for further information or visit www.gunnlibrary.org
The Gunn Memorial Library is located at 5 Wykeham Road at Route 47 on the Green, in Washington.