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Art and Fiction: When Words and Art Commune

Carrie Callaghan, A Light of Her Own, 2018

Afternoon Course

Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0701B
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Self-Portrait by Judith Leyster, 1633

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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.

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Carrie Callaghan, A Light of Her Own, 2018

Judith Leyster is beginning to establish her own studio in Haarlem in the early 1660s, when a scarcity of linseed oil adds to the challenges of becoming a successful painter in a male-dominated art world. Paintings drive the plot, including Leyster's Self Portrait, which secured her admittance as the first woman to become a member of the Haarlem Painters' Guild. Works by Fans Hals, Rembrandt, and Dutch landscapes provide further context for the novel.

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.