Professor Ruth Yeazell on Picture Titles: How and Why Western Paintings Acquired their Names
YAAG Speaker Series at the Greenwich Library

Ruth Bernard Yeazell
Picture Titles: How and Why Western Paintings Acquired Their Names

Sunday, October 22, 2017
4:30 - 5:30 pm Remarks

Refreshments to Follow Q&A
The Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
101 West Putnam Avenue

Option Dinner at Field Club following reception 

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. Her presentation will be interdisciplinary, a crossover discussion linking literature, commerce and painting. The talk will be illustrated with examples of the paintings she is discussing.         

Ruth Bernard Yeazell is the Chace Family Professor of English at Yale. Her research and teaching focus on the novel from the 18th to 20th century, the history of gender and sexuality, and the relations of literature to the visual arts. Prof. Yeazell received her B.A. in English from Swarthmore College and her M.Phil and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from Yale University.         

This event is open to all at no charge, thanks to contributions of YAAG members and the Greenwich Library.

There is an optional dinner with Prof. Yeazell at the Field Club (276 Lake Ave.) for YAAG members immediately after the reception ($75 per person).   

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Event Information
Sunday, Oct 22 2017 at 4:30pm [ iCal ]
Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
101 West Putname Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830

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