Occurs on Tuesday March 12 2019

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Vashon Center for the Arts
19600 Vashon Highway SW
Vashon Island WA 98070

Performance Notes

× Art History Talks with Rebecca Albiani


How does a work of art attain iconic status? This year's art history lecture series will tackle this question via an up-close look at five icons of world art, from the ancient world to the 20th century. We will delve into these works and the circumstances that produced them, exploring questions such as should the British Museum return the Parthenon marbles to Athens? Did the Night Watch really sink Rembrandt’s career? And what might constitute the Great American Picture? Georgia O’Keeffe’s Cow’s Skull: Red, White and Blue March 12

O’Keeffe painted Cow’s Skull in 1931, two years after her first extended trip to New Mexico (a personal landmark in her career). At a time when writers like Fitzgerald and Dos Passos were attempting to write the Great American Novel, Cow's Skull may represent her ambition to paint the “great American picture.”

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