Art Gallery of Alberta

The Baroque Lecture: Todd P. Olson

A woman, fair above, ends in a fish: the early modern print and the grotesque imagination.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta
$15 / $10 AGA Members, Seniors and Students
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Monsters from the ancient world survived in European prints and circulated globally. From etchings of trans-Atlantic sirens to Mexican murals based on ornamental prints, ink and paper hybrids attest to the dangerous persistence of pagan mythology and the negotiation of an expanding world.

Prof. Todd P. Olson is currently writing a book entitled Caravaggio’s Pitiful Relics: Painting History after Iconoclasm, and is the author of Poussin and France: Painting, Humanism and the Politics of Style (2002). His main areas of interest are class and sexuality in visual representation, history of art criticism and theory, and the politics of collecting. His publications include “`Long Live the Knife’: Andrea Sacchi’s Portrait of Marc’Antonio Pasqualini” and “Caravaggio’s Coroner: Forensic Medicine in Giulio Mancini’s Art Criticism.” He is a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow of the American Academy of Rome.

This lecture is presented in partnership by the Art Gallery of Alberta and Litfest, Edmonton’s Nonfiction Festival.


This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibitions Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early Modern Prints and Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque.