Did Caravaggio use optical devices — essentially transforming his studio into a giant camera obscura — to make his paintings?
Pegged to their big exhibitions this winter, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Getty and the Norton Simon have organized a range of talks with guest scholars and scholar-scientists, and a LACMA lecture next week promises to address that question head-on.
Admission to all of the lectures noted below is free, but some museums suggest advance reservations. Please check their websites for details.
Sunday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m.
Exhibition: "Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy" at LACMA
Speaker: Conservation scholar Roberta Lapucci, who wrote the 2005 book "Caravaggio and Optics"
Subject: Carvaggio’s painting techniques
Saturday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m.
Exhibition: Vincent Van Gogh’s 1889 "Self-Portrait" at the Norton Simon
Speaker: Judy Sund, art historian from the Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY