[Hum_Calendar_Events] Nov 16, "Perfectly True, Perfectly False: Cardsharps and Fortune-Tellers by Caravaggio and Georges de La Tour"
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The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites you to attend the lecture "Perfectly True, Perfectly False: Cardsharps and Fortune-Tellers by Caravaggio and Georges de La Tour" by Gail Feigenbaum on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at 5:00 pm in Royce 314. Her lecture is the first in the Voces Nostrates lecture series for the 2010-11 academic year.
Dr. Feigenbaum (Associate Director, Getty Research Institute) presents her research on Caravaggio's genre paintings of card cheats and gypsy fortunetellers which were a new phenomenon in late sixteenth-century Rome. A mania for these subjects by his followers swept across Europe, and their appeal may seem so obvious today as to require no explanation. But such pictures coincided with the beginnings of another development: the collecting of easel paintings. Caravaggio's radical and unprecedented naturalistic mode of representation thematizes not only the deception of a painting that purports to be a tranche de vie, but also the complicity of the willing victim, the spectator and collector pleasurably tricked into falling for an illusion that, in its very substance, can be only a counterfeit of nature.
The schedule for the entire 2010-11 Voces Nostrates lecture series is online at http://www.cmrs.ucla.edu/programs/voces_nostrates_2010-11.pdf .
Advance registration is not required. Please sign the attendance sheet at the door. No fee. Seating is limited, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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