In this program, Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, reveals the stories behind some of the great artists in the Western tradition, from the Italian Renaissance to today's diverse and vibrant art world in New York and London.
The first lecture looks at the birth of the modern European tradition in Italy, where new ideas permeated gold altarpieces in churches and portraits in the palaces of princes and bankers. This was the age of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. A second lecture visits Holland around 1650, where new, intensely human, forms of realism were pioneered by Vermeer and Rembrandt. Next comes a comparison between Paris and London, where Impressionists and Pre-Raphaelites found new ways to see the industrial world and new technologies such as photography. Here we'll encounter Monet, Van Gogh and the Pre-Raphaelites. Finally, we'll take stock of the contemporary art world in New York and London and its origins in the Cold War, with a look at the way today's artists navigate the complexities of modern life.
Paul Mellon Professor in the History of Art at Yale University
Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art. He specializes in the art of Britain and the British Empire since 1700, and nineteenth-century American art. Following positions at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Universities of London and Birmingham in Great Britain, he came to Yale in 1998. In 2009, Tim Barringer was Slade Professor at the University of Cambridge. In 2013-14 he held a J. Clawson Mills Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In 2019 he delivered the Paul Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery in London.
At the forefront of his interests are questions of race, representation and empire, and his other major interests, industrialization, class formation and Victorian art. His books include Reading the Pre-Raphaelites (Yale, 1998), Men at Work: Art and Labour in Victorian Britain (Yale, 2005) and David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life (Royal Academy, 2016). Co-edited collections of essays include Colonialism and the Object; Frederic Leighton: Antiquity, Renaissance, Modernity, and Writing the Pre-Raphaelites.