Artist Unknown, Italian. Saint George and the Dragon, 15th century. Egg tempera on panel, 36 7/8 x 20 1/4 inches. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Field, 1944.1

Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them in the Museum

October 11 • 10:30a–11:30a

Isabel Hall 

From dragons to sphinxes, fantastical creatures have been used by artists to communicate meaning and tell complex stories. This talk will look at examples in the European collection of paintings and why these creatures were depicted. Talk given by Tracee Glab, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions.

Image: Artist Unknown, Italian. Saint George and the Dragon, 15th century. Egg tempera on panel, 36 7/8 x 20 1/4 inches. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Field, 1944.1

The Baroque

September 29  •  6:00p 

FIA Theater 

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Taylor Hagood 

Caravaggio (Italian, 1571–1610) Judith Beheading Holofernes, c. 1598–99 or 1602; oil on canvas, 57 x 77 inches. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, Palazzo Barberini, Rome
Caravaggio (Italian, 1571–1610) Judith Beheading Holofernes, c. 1598–99 or 1602;
oil on canvas, 57 x 77 inches. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, Palazzo Barberini, Rome

Resplendent in its elaborate beauty, baroque art embodies an era of immense religious upheaval in Western culture—the Catholic Counter-Reformation. In this lecture, Taylor Hagood will explore the forces driving the development of baroque architectural style and the powerful images of Caravaggio, Velazquez, Rubens, Rembrandt, and other artists throughout Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Taylor Hagood, Ph.D., lectures on literature, art, history, travel, music, and the history of magic. His publications include the C. Hugh Holman Award-winning Faulkner, Writer of Disability and Secrecy, Magic, and the One-Act Plays of Harlem Renaissance Playwrights. A former Fulbright Professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich, Germany, he is currently Professor of American Literature at Florida Atlantic University. 


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The Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture has been established to address the topics of art, religion, and history prior to the 19th century, and is funded by the Sheppy Dog Fund, Dr. Alan Klein, Advisor.

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