"Why Rembrandt and Vermeer? Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Old Masters"
by Professor Marie Frank
Thursday, March 13, 2014
7 p.m.
McCarthy Meeting Room, Main Library

Marie Frank

The theft of the Rembrandt and Vermeer paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is well known but how and why did Gardner acquire them in the first place?  This talk will examine the culture of collecting in Boston at the turn of the 20th century and compare Gardner's collection with that at the Museum of Fine Arts. Why were Rembrandt and Vermeer so sought after and who verified the authenticity of Old Master paintings? The world of art collecting has always been filled with intrigue—about the paintings themselves but also about the people who bought and sold them. 

Marie Frank is an associate professor of Art and Architectural History in the Department of Cultural Studies at University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

This program is funded by the Chelmsford Friends of the Library. It is free and open to the public.

This is a ONE BOOK Chelmsford program funded by the Chelmsford Friends of the Library