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Painted Pets: Dogs and Cats in the Works of Pierre Bonnard

Wednesday, August 18, 6:00 p.m. (EDT)

Easily identified by colorful and richly patterned scenes of everyday life, the work of painter Pierre Bonnard often showcases domesticated animals as part of the family unit.  

Join historian Kathleen Kete of Trinity College (CT) and curator Mary Weaver Chapin of the Portland Art Musuem as they discuss how animals arose as an important subject for Bonnard and other artists of his time and the popularity of pets in late 19th-century France.  

This program is organized in tandem with the CMA exhibition Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, Paris, 1889–1900

The Dr. John and Helen Collis Lecture: Viewing Saint Catherine’s Monestary at Sinai

Sunday, September 26, 2021, 2:00 p.m. (EDT) 

Speaker: Maria Vassilaki, Professor Emerita, Byzantine Art History, University of Thessaly (Volos, Greece), and Member of the Benaki Museum Board of Trustees (Athens, Greece) 

Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, associated with well-known events narrated in the Old Testament, became the ultimate locus sanctus (holy place). A fortified monastery built by the emperor Justinian in the mid-sixth century at the foot of Mount Sinai, on the site of Moses’s Burning Bush, remains intact to this day. In this lecture, Maria Vassilaki investigates how and when the Sinai landscape transformed from mere background setting into an independent composition.   


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