Thursday Seminar: M stands for "Mort": The Last Hours of Anton Wiertz


Thursday, January 20, 2022, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


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Antoine Wiertz, "The Premature Burial" 1854,

Speaker: Marc Gotlieb (Williams College / Clark Art Institute)

As part of a larger inquiry into the poetics of mortality among 19th-century artists, this seminar explores the "enacted biography" of the Belgian Romantic Antoine Wiertz, a titanically ambitious artist best known for founding a museum of his own work. Shaped by the values of the academic tradition, and before even stepping foot in Italy, Wiertz evinced a profound, sometimes disabling affiliation with his imagined predecessors, an affiliation that structured not simply his career but his own passing.

Marc Gotlieb is Halvorsen Director of the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art, offered in collaboration with the Clark Art Institute. A past Editor-in-Chief of The Art Bulletin, he has also taught at Emory University and the University of Toronto. His research and publications encompass French romantic art, academic art, Orientalism, and the image of the old masters in nineteenth-century art. The Deaths of Henri Regnault was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2017. He is currently preparing a study on the role of the viewer in the art of Jean-Léon Gérôme, as well as a study of teacher-student conflicts in nineteenth-century art, pedagogy, and artistic experience.

This event is open to the public on a by-reservation basis, please sign up by clicking on the link below. Guests attending in person must be in possession of a “Super Green Pass” (Green Pass Rafforzato). The use of face masks indoors is mandatory. 


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