David M. Stone, professor of art history at the University of Delaware, Newark, will present a free lecture titled Guercino’s ‘Christ and the Woman of Samaria’ and the Heroic Style, 1617–21 on Friday, April 8, at 6 p.m., in the Kimbell Art Museum auditorium.
In this lecture, Stone will discuss the extraordinary painting recently acquired by the Kimbell in the context of Guercino’s early series of masterpieces done in Cento, Ferrara, and Bologna during the four years before he traveled to Rome to serve the Bolognese pope, Gregory XV Ludovisi. He will also discuss Guercino’s creative process, looking closely at his preparatory drawings; his workshop practices, specifically the problem of originals and copies; and the controversial issue of Guercino’s change of style. A close analysis of Christ and the Woman of Samaria will reveal the unusual strengths of Guercino as a storyteller.
A specialist in Italian Baroque art and a leading authority on Guercino, Stone has organized several exhibitions, including Guercino, Master and Draftsman: Works from North American Collections (1991), and has written numerous publications on these subjects. He is also co-author of an important monograph on Caravaggio’s Malta period: Caravaggio: Art, Knighthood, and Malta (2006).
Wine and hors d’oeuvres ($7) will be served in the Museum’s Buffet Restaurant prior to the lecture, beginning at 5 p.m. No reservations necessary. Admission to the lecture is free.
Kimbell Art Museum hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fridays, noon–8 p.m.; Sundays, noon–5 p.m.; closed Mondays. For general information, call 817-332-8451 or visit www.kimbellart.org.