Connoisseurship & Collecting: An Evening Lecture Series with the Director

Big news! Our evening lecture series ‘Connoisseurship & Collecting’ is now FREE and available to all! Join OM°A’s Director & CEO Aaron de Groft, Ph.D., for an evening of mystery and intrigue as we explore the unique stories of art sleuthing filled with forensics, archival documents, questions surrounding the art and artist’s hand. Have you ever wondered how new discoveries of lost old master paintings come about? Here’s your chance to learn about it through the world of art detectives.

One free glass of wine will be served before the lecture begins at 6:00 pm. We encourage you to visit the galleries beforehand.

Thank you to Kathy & Tom Cardwell for being our 2021-2022 lecture series presenting sponsor.

5:30 pm, Refreshments Available

6:00 pm, Lecture Begins

Pre-registration is required, tickets are free.

Register HERE


March 2: Michelangelo Sacred & Profane: Masterworks from the Casa Buonarroti

Michelangelo Sacred & Profane: Masterworks from the Casa Buonarroti. Any lover of art will recognize this great master’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel and Pieta in St. Peter’s Basilica. This lecture will preview and share the story behind the exhibition of Michelangelo’s drawings, which will open at the OM˚A in late 2022.

March 16: Bronzino’s Marsyas & Pignone’s Mary Magdalen

The depiction of a gory battle between man and God and a sumptuous beauty in repose may be misunderstood as fatuous vulgarity by Instagram’s standards, but these paintings would have been easily decoded allegories by viewers during the period in which they were created. Join Dr. De Groft as he explores the precarity of recontextualizing the past by today’s standards.

Dates & Times:

Location: SunTrust Auditorium

Cost: FREE

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