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The Tale of Clara, An Eighteenth-Century Rhinoceros (lecture)

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

She was a star, a scientific marvel, and an artist's muse. Captured in India as an infant, raised by humans, and brought to Europe in 1741 as a touring attraction, "Miss Clara" became an instant celebrity, capturing the imagination of artists, naturalists, and the public across Europe. Fans flocked to meet the amazingly docile 6,000-pound creature during her 17-year tour, which took her from London to Leipzig, from Bologna to Basel.

Join Charissa Bremer-David, co-curator of the exhibition Oudry's Painted Menagerie, which features Jean-Baptiste Oudry's life-size portrait of Clara in her prime, for an exploration of the famous rhino's life and influence on European art, culture, and thought. Retrace Clara's footsteps from India to Rotterdam, explore her life on the road, and learn how and why she inspired artists and poets across Europe to create prints, medals, books, sculptures, paintings, and even ornamental clocks bearing her unforgettable image.

About Charissa Bremer-David
Charissa Bremer-David is associate curator of sculpture and decorative arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She is an expert on French decorative arts, especially tapestries, and is the author of French Tapestries and Textiles in the J. Paul Getty Museum. She curated the "Rhino-mania" portion of the exhibition Oudry's Painted Menagerie and is co-author of the exhibition catalogue.

Read a post by Charissa Bremer-David on our new exhibition blog, Looking at Animals.

Clara / Longhi

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