YAAG: Picture Titles: How and Why Western Paintings Acquired Their Names

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Greenwich Library
Cole Auditorium

Event Details

Greenwich Library and the Yale Alumni Association of Greenwich present Yale professor Ruth Bernard Yeazell, a popular member of Yale's Department of English, who will deliver an audiovisual presentation based on her recent book, Picture Titles: How and Why Western Paintings Acquired Their Names (2015).

Professor Yeazell is the Chace Family Professor of English at Yale and an expert on the 18th and 19th century English novel. Her presentation is interdisciplinary, a crossover discussion linking literature, commerce, and painting. Her talk will be illustrated with examples of the paintings she is discussing.

A picture’s title is often the first clue to understanding an image. Yet paintings didn’t always have titles, and many canvases acquired their names from curators, dealers, printmakers, even the artists' friends—not the artists. Drawing on material from her recent book on the subject, Professor Yeazell will talk about how the practice of naming pictures developed in response to the conditions of the modern art world and how titles have shaped the reception of artwork from the time of Bruegel and Rembrandt to the present.

Lecture: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Reception: 5:30 - 6:00 pm

Open to all at no charge, thanks to the contributions of YAAG members and the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees.

Event Type(s): Lecture
Kate Petrov
(203) 625-6550

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