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Between Académie and Arsenal: Ships, Servitude and the Sun King

Date: Fri. October 6th, 2017, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Location: Cleveland Museum of Art, Recital Hall, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106

Weiss ImageIn their presentation, Meredith Martin, Associate Professor of Art History at New York University, and Gillian Weiss, Associate Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University, will examine the motif of the chained or enslaved Turk in a wide range of artistic media – ship design, artillery sculpture, medals, paintings, and prints – produced in France during the reign of Louis XIV. Drawing attention to the neglected genre of Mediterranean maritime art and the forced labor integral to its creation, it will explore how servile figures purchased to row on royal galleys also helped build and decorate naval vessels and other artistic forms that circulated between coast and capital to proclaim the power of the Sun King.  This event is co-sponsored with the Department of Art History and Art and the Department of History.

This event is free and open to the public.

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