The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Past Event

The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer  / Gérôme
 
Art historians commonly describe Gérôme's paintings as cinematic, and his works have in fact inspired many film adaptations. Widely circulated as prints and photographs, these pictures achieved a global celebrity status by the end of the 19th century. Thus, when early filmmakers referenced these images in their films, they knew that audiences would recognize them.

Gérôme continues to influence filmmakers to this day. In this lecture, Marc Gotlieb, director of the graduate program in the history of art at Williams College, introduces Jean-Léon Gérôme's paintings through the lens of modern cinema. This perspective—characterized by Hollywood and its approach to storytelling and suspense—brings to life pictures that once captivated the attention of audiences across Europe and the United States, even as those pictures were anathema to Modernist aesthetics. Complements the exhibition The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme, on view June 15–September 12, 2010.


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