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Painting the Inhabited Landscape—a live zoom lecture with the author Margaretta Lovell

September 8, 2023 @ 12:30 pm 1:30 pm EDT

Fitz Henry Lane, Shipping in Downeast Waters (detail), Collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum
Fitz Henry Lane, Shipping in Downeast Waters, 1854, oil on canvas, 17 3/4 x 29 3/4 inches, Museum purchase, 1960.1172

Margaretta Lovell presents a fascinating new study on iconic artist Fitz Henry Lane with connections to land, global economy, history, and American culture.  Join the Farnsworth in a live zoom book lecture with the author as we explore Lane’s contributions to how Americans, especially New Englanders, view their land as sustainable, productive and balanced.

Margaretta Markle Lovell is Jay D. McEvoy, Jr. Professor of American Art History at the University of California, Berkeley. Her many publications include the prizewinning Art in a Season of Revolution: Painters, Artisans, and Patrons in Early America and A Material World: Culture, Society, and the Life of Things in Early Anglo-America, the latter also published by Penn State University Press.

Painting the Inhabited Landscape is by far the most insightful study of Lane and his art to date. Margaretta Lovell’s close examination of Lane’s life, art, and the historical contexts within which he worked represents not only a quantum leap for our understanding of Lane and his world but also a new standard of scholarship for the field of American art.”

—Alan Wallach, author of Exhibiting Contradiction: Essays on the Art Museum in the United States

Cost: $10; $5 for Farnsworth members