On Friday, August 21, 10:00 a.m. the Madison Art Society invites you to attend an Art Lecture via Zoom presented by Courtney Skipton Long, PhD, Acting Assistant Curator, Prints & Drawings, Yale Center for British Art.

The talk is titled, “An English Landscape Revealed: John Constable and the Poetry of Paint.”


Hadleigh Castle, The Mouth of the Thames – Morning after a Stormy Night, John Constable (1829)

In this talk, Dr. Long will examine the life and artistic practice of one of England’s most celebrated landscape painters: John Constable (1776-1837). Unlike his contemporary, J. M. W. Turner, Constable was not a prodigy. He labored to acquire technical proficiency, spending years in art classes before being elected as a full member of the Royal Academy at age 52. Never traveling beyond his home country, Constable has been recognized as the local boy who transformed landscape painting, winning medals in France and admirers around the world.

If you would like to participate, please RSVP to Marianne@RTDTECH.com by noon on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. This lecture is open to the public, so please RSVP as soon as possible so that you will be assured a place on Zoom.

I will confirm with you on the day before the Lecture, Thursday, August 20, and give you the information you will need to join the meeting.  You will need to download the Zoom app beforehand.  It’s free.

Dr. Courtney Skipton Long is a historian of art and architecture. A Connecticut native, Dr. Long received her B.A. in the History of Art and Medieval Studies from Mount Holyoke College and her Masters’ and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. Her doctoral thesis focused on Medieval English architectural history and its Victorian reception. Long has held curatorial and research internships at Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge, MA), the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London); and the Florence Griswold Museum (Old Lyme, CT). In 2016, she was the Zvi Grunberg Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bruce Museum (Greenwich, CT), which was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Art Collections at the Yale Center for British Art.  Currently, Long is the acting Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Yale Center for British Art, where she oversees the largest collection of British works on paper housed outside of the UK; a collection that was generously donated to Yale by Paul Mellon and that includes several masterworks by Constable.

Cloud Study, ca1822, John Constable, 1776-1837

East Bergholt, ca 1813, John Constable, 1776-1837              

Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection




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