22APHST330 - El Greco, John Bancroft, and Grant Wood: A Lecture Series by Jim Welu

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James Welu, WAM Director Emeritus

Lecture Series - Register for individual lectures at $15 each or save $5 by registering for the series!

Wednesday 5/11/22 - El Greco: A Master Ahead of His Time

A century ago, the Worcester Art Museum acquired the Repentant Magdalen by El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos, 1541-1614), one of the most expressionistic painters in western art.  A native of Crete, El Greco eventually worked in Venice and Rome before settling in Toledo, Spain, where he developed his unique Mannerist style.  This lecture explores El Greco’s early career, focusing on the Worcester painting, an acquisition that offers insight into the modern world’s appreciation of the master’s unusual style.

Wednesday, 5/25/22 - Discovering John Chandler Bancroft

John Chandler Bancroft (1835-1901) has long stood in the shadow of his father, George Bancroft, the famous historian and statesman.  This lecture explores the fascinating life of the son, who championed avant-garde artists of his day and was among the first Americans to collect Japanese prints.  In 1901 Bancroft donated to the Worcester Art Museum over 3,000 ukiyo-e prints, forming the basis of the Museum’s major holdings of Japanese art. Discover the man behind this seminal gift and his important role in the appreciation of both Eastern and Western art.

Wednesday, 6/8/22 - Grant Wood and New England

Join James Welu, a native Iowan, as he explores New England’s appreciation of Grant Wood, master artist of the American Midwest. Learn the role the Worcester Art Museum played in introducing to New Englanders this Iowa artist, including his most celebrated work, American Gothic. Of particular interest are the many stories connected to Worcester’s 1995 exhibition Grant Wood: An American Master Revealed.


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