A pen-and-ink drawing attributed to French artist Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) will be the subject of the Art Museum of WVU’s next “Art Up Close!” event, to be presented Nov. 15 by WVU Assistant Professor of Musicology Evan MacCarthy.
The program begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Museum Education Center Grand Hall and is free and open to the public.
Titled “La Musique” and created in 1812, the drawing attributed to David was a gift to the WVU Art Collection by Milton Horn, an internationally known sculptor who in 1956 created the Pylons, the sculptures depicting the history of the medicine, that today stand in the lobby of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at WVU.
His talk will center on the drawing as he addresses the role of the mythological figure Orpheus in telling stories of music’s power, as well as questions of attribution and authenticity in art.
MacCarthy is assistant professor of musicology in the WVU School of Music. He received an A.B. in Classics and music from the College of the Holy Cross, and a doctorate in historical musicology from Harvard University.
His research focuses on the music and musical thought of the Italian Renaissance, but he has also published articles on earlier and later musical repertories, including late medieval chant and German music in the Baroque era, as well as late 19th-century American music.
He has served on the music faculties of Harvard University, where he was the Harvard College Fellow in music from 2010 to 2012, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University. In 2012-13, he was the Committee for the Rescue of Italian Art CRIA Fellow at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy.
Art Up Close! events are held several times each year and present WVU faculty and guest artists from various disciplines discussing a single work of art from the perspectives of their disciplines. The events are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Museum, a membership group for people who enjoy the arts and social, educational and cultural activities revolving around art.
For more information about the program on Nov. 15, contact the Art Museum of WVU at 304.292.4359.
CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, Art Museum of WVU,
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