Art History Lecture, Vermeer


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Professor, Barbara Johnston
Monday, Monday, March 1
3 pm - 4 pm

(Rescheduled from February 15th)

"He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not": Love and Desire in the Works of Jan Vermeer

via Zoom

The paintings of Jan Vermeer are famous for their quiet, luminous interiors and graceful women, but there is much more going on behind those still surfaces than simple scenes of everyday life. In fact, many of Vermeer's paintings deal with strongly romantic themes, including true love, illicit love, desire, and unfulfilled longing, all told through the subtle language of expression, glance, composition, and symbolism. This lecture will examine Vermeer's beautiful paintings to reveal the many expressions of love found in his works.

Following the lecture there will be to opportunity for Q&A. The fee for the lecture is $10.

Attendees must be registered by Sunday, February 28th to receive the Zoom link.

Dr. Barbara J. Johnston is a native of North Miami, Florida, but spent most of her adult life in the Richmond, Virginia area. She earned two undergraduate degrees in Studio Art and Art History, and a Masters degree in Art History and Museum Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was also an adjunct Art History professor. In addition, Barbara was on the faculty of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for over ten years, offering classes and public lectures on a variety of art historical topics as the Paul Mellon Arts in Education lecturer. After earning her doctorate degree in Art History at Florida State University, Barbara was a Visiting Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art History at the College of William and Mary before moving to Columbus, Georgia in 2008 to join the Art History faculty at Columbus State University, where she is a tenured Associate Professor. Barbara  specializes in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art, although she gives public lectures on a wide variety of topics, including Modernist Art, Non-Western Art and Architecture, and the focus of her personal scholarship, Mary Magdalene in the visual arts.  

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