Global Discovery Series: A Rediscovered Courbet Landscape at Penn
The Global Discovery webinar series is co-sponsored by Penn Alumni Travel and Penn Alumni Education.
Explore the world virtually, both far and near, with Penn faculty members and your fellow alumni community. Each live, interactive lecture features Penn professors sharing new and innovative research on a variety of topics. Participants will have the opportunity to ask in-depth questions and are sure to learn something new in each one hour session.
This webinar is sparked by the rediscovery of an unusual Gustave Courbet painting of the source of the French river Lison in the University of Pennsylvania’s collection, and the associated current exhibition at the Arthur Ross Gallery on campus, At the Source: A Courbet Landscape Rediscovered (February 4 – May 28). The talk will showcase the infamous painter’s modern landscape practice, focusing on the motifs of grottos and waterfalls in his art of the 1850s and 1860s. We will highlight the newly discovered Courbet painting, not shown in public for close to 100 years, emphasizing the processes of authentication and conservation, and how the painting came to Penn in the early 20th-century with the bequest of Dr. Thomas W. Evans, dentist to 19th-century European royalty and early benefactor of Penn's dental school.