Babette Bohn, professor of art history at Texas Christian University, will present a lecture entitled “ ‘Nature Was Afraid’: Saints and Sinners in Caravaggesque Painting” as part of the Kimbell Art Museum’s Art in Context series, on Wednesday, October 26, at 12:30 p.m., in the Museum auditorium. Admission is free.
How did Caravaggio’s revolutionary realism shape his interpretations of sacred subjects? This free lecture will reflect upon some of Caravaggio’s unusual portrayals of virtue and vice in his religious paintings, considering these works in relationship to contemporary ideas and also in connection with the artist’s unusual naturalism.
Bohn has published widely on Bolognese prints, drawings, and paintings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, recently authoring Ludovico Carracci and the Art of Drawing (2004). In 2008, she prepared an exhibition for the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, on drawings by Guido Reni and his followers, for which she also wrote the catalogue. She is currently co-curating an exhibition on the Italian painter and draftsman Federico Barocci that will travel to St. Louis and London in 2013.