Members: Curator-led Tour of To Rome and Back: Individualism and Authority in Art, 1500–1800

7 pm | Thu, January 17, 2019
Resnick Pavilion

Join Dr. Leah Lehmbeck for a special walkthrough of To Rome and Back: Individualism and Authority in Art, 1500–1800. Assembled almost entirely from LACMA’s permanent collection, the exhibition presents donations and gifts from years of support to the museum’s departments of Costume and Textiles, Decorative Arts and Design, Latin American Art, and Prints and Drawings, in addition to European Paintings and Sculpture. Together, these works reveal the depth of Rome’s impact from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, before rising individualism, internationalism, and the optimistic equilibrium between secular and religious forces caused the city’s ultimate marginalization.

Over the course of its 2,000-year history, Rome has been alternatively held as the epitome of republic, the decadence of empire, the force of Catholicism, the artistic and literary birthplace of naturalism, and above all, the source of classicism. Despite these various, and ostensibly conflicting associations, its classical epithet—the Eternal City—reflects the symbiosis of these qualities and their lasting influence on republics, nations, religions, and even continents beyond.

Thursday, January 17, 2019
7 pm | Tour of To Rome and Back: Individualism and Authority in Art, 1500–1800
8 pm | Self-guided exhibition viewing 

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Image: Georges de la Tour, The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame (detail), c. 1638–40, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of The Ahmanson Foundation, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

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