SOLD OUT Mays Symposium: Beyond the Looking Glass: The Many Faces of Portraiture

Saturday, February 1, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Price: This event is full. To be added to the waitlist please call 210.978.8185.
Registration: $40 for Museum members, $60 for non-members and $20 for students. Lunch is included.

John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Mrs. Elliott Fitch Shepard (Margaret Louisa Vanderbilt), 1888. Oil on canvas. 

 “The aim of Art is to present not the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance; for this, not the external manner and detail, constitutes true reality.” —Aristotle

Join our distinguished speakers as they explore the many faces of portraiture in art and society from the Renaissance into the 21st Century.


European Portraiture
Shearer West, Ph.D., Head of Humanities Division, University of Oxford, UK

Seen but not heard from: Renaissance children & their visual world
Patricia Fortini Brown, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus,Department Art and Archaeology, Princeton, NJ

Perfect Likeness: European and American Portrait Miniatures
Julie Aronson, Ph.D., Curator of American Painting, Sculpture and Drawings; Cincinnati Art Museum, OH

Portraiture Now
Brandon Fortune, Ph.D., Senior Curator, Curator Painting and Sculpture, Smithsonian Institute, National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC


This is the seventeenth in a series of fine and decorative art symposia underwritten by the Mays Family Foundation.


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