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Art and Fiction: When Words and Art Commune

Laura Morelli, The Night Portrait, 2020

Afternoon Course

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0701A
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  1. Art and Fiction: The Night Portrait | Additional Resources

Cecilia Gallerani as The Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci

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A picture is not only worth a thousand words: It can even turn into a whole novel. Independent art historian Heidi Applegate explores the artists and paintings that inspired three works of art-focused historical fiction. Gain new perspectives on Leonardo da Vinci, Judith Leyster, and Camille Pissarro by delving into the novels followed by Applegate’s examination of the factual background along with the fiction. This is a “novel” way to explore the arts.

Session Information

Laura Morelli, The Night Portrait, 2020

The Night Portrait tells the parallel stories of Cecilia Gallerani, mistress of the Duke of Milan, who commissioned Leonardo Da Vinci to paint her portrait around 1490, and of Edith Becker, a young paintings conservator in Munich during WWII, who is determined to return the portrait of Gallerani to its rightful owner after it is looted by the Nazis.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.

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