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Deborah Gage to Lecture at Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art is pleased to host on December 3, 2009, Deborah Gage, art historian, art dealer, writer and lecturer, as the presenter for the sixth annual Michael L. Rosenberg Lecture. The yearly lecture brings a scholar to Dallas to discuss works of art in the Michael L. Rosenberg Collection, a distinguished group of 18th-century French paintings, sculptures and decorative art on long-term loan to the Dallas Museum of Art.

In her lecture “Two Royal Prerogatives: Fired by Passion,” Mrs. Gage will explore the motif of game hunting in 18th-century French art, most notably as it is depicted in an exceptional Sèvres tableau of 1793 in the Michael L. Rosenberg Collection, on display in the European Art Galleries on the second level of the Museum. In European aristocratic society, hunting was not merely a sport but a royal ritual and ceremony. Images of the hunt were famously portrayed in works of art, including tapestries, paintings and decorative objects commissioned by royal patrons. The hard-paste porcelain Sèvres Plaque (Tableau) Depicting a Boar Hunt (1793) is a beautifully realized small-scale reproduction of a hunting scene.

Mrs. Gage began her career in 1971 in New York under the guidance of Dr. Hans Weinberg working for the Antique Porcelain Company. Since 1980 she has been based in London and in September 1987 set up a gallery at 38 Old Bond Street, which is her base of operations, dealing on a global basis. Mrs. Gage sits on the Getty Paintings Conservation Council, California, and is a non-executive director of AXA Art Insurance, UK. She is also a trustee of New Towner Cultural Centre in Eastbourne, East Sussex, the new art gallery designed by internationally acclaimed architect Rick Mather that opened in the spring of 2009 and ranks as a significant contribution to 21st-century architecture in southern England. She is also a director of the Kenya and U.S. boards of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

WHAT: Deborah Gage, art historian, art dealer, writer and lecturer

WHEN: Thursday, December 3, 2009, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Dallas Museum of Art, C3 Theater, Center for Creative Connections, 1717 N. Harwood

COST: FREE but seating is limited, reservations strongly encouraged.

214-922-1826 or publicprograms@DallasMuseumofArt.org

This lecture is made possible through the generosity of the Michael L. Rosenberg Foundation.

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