Join the Museum of the Albemarle for History for Lunch, January 8, 2014
Bring your lunch and enjoy a lecture by a different speaker each month. The museum provides the beverage. Starting off the 2014 series, collections assistant, Leonard Lanier, speaks on the forgotten advisor to President Woodrow Wilson entitled Man about the House: Colonel Edward House. House’s portrait is displayed in Across Three Centuries: Art from the Edwin T. and Diana D. Hardison Collection.
After the lecture visit this exciting exhibit located on the second floor of the museum. Almost everyone will find something to enjoy in this eclectic sampling of fine art from three centuries brought to the Albemarle for the first time. The Hardison Collection encompasses works of all types--portraits, landscapes, genre scenes, maritime views, images of animals, and sculpture--many by well-known artists, others by individuals celebrated in their day but largely forgotten in the 21st century. Museum officials have carefully selected a cross section of British, American, French and Dutch art from the collection for this exhibition.
See paintings by the American master Gilbert Stuart, the Scottish Enlightenment portraitist Henry Raeburn, the French Belle Époque artist Théobald Chartran, British illustrators Thomas Stothard and Hablot Knight Browne (who between them brought life to most of the literature classics from Defoe to Dickens), the “forgotten Impressionist” Pierre Prins, the marine painter Thomas Lyde Hornbrook (a favorite of Queen Victoria), and the international genius Godfrey Kneller (who created images of 10 reigning European monarchs in his lifetime). The work of many other notable artists is also on display.
The Museum connects the pieces on view to local history and customs. Persons touring the exhibit will be tracing the footsteps of gallery visitors from generations long ago who stood before and gazed upon the same works.
So, spend an afternoon, linger, and travel through time to a period of rich cultural abundance. As you complete your visit, the Museum invites you to consider what these artistic artifacts reveal about the people who preceded us and their time and place in history.