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Lecture and Preview Party of Beauty, Passion & Bliss: 19th Century Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art

Thursday, March 24 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Members: $50 | Non-Members: $75

Join us in celebrating the opening of a new exhibition with a Lecture and Preview Party on Thursday, March 24 at 6 p.m.

Drawn from the rich collections of the Dahesh Museum of Art in New York City, Beauty, Passion & Bliss features an outstanding selection of paintings and sculptures that embody the 19th-century European academic tradition. Originating in 16th-century Italy, this tradition was based on learning to draw the human figure, and in adhering to principals of ideal beauty epitomized by Classical and Renaissance art.

The exhibition features a surprisingly wide range of themes and styles. There are historical, religious, and mythological paintings, considered the highest form of art, as well as examples of the ways in which historical themes were transformed into intimate, detailed genre scenes that, along with landscapes and idealized rustic subjects, appealed to wealthy and middle-class European and American collectors. Also well-represented is Orientalism — highly popular images of the Middle East and North Africa that freely commingled reality and fantasy. Organized by the Dahesh Museum of Art, New York, NY.