February 24, 2004

Contact: Victor Bailey, Hall Center for the Humanities, (785) 864-7822

Controversy over search for authentic Rembrandt paintings is topic of lecture

LAWRENCE -- The Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas announces a lecture on "The Rembrandt Research Project: Issues and Controversies," by Linda Stone-Ferrier, professor of art history, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Spencer Museum of Art. The lecture, part of the 2003-2004 Humanities Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

Stone-Ferrier's lecture will address a long-standing project funded by the Dutch government that aims to determine, once and for all, which paintings were painted by Rembrandt and which were not. The project has spawned controversies among art historians about what determines authenticity and how authenticity is defined.

Seventeenth-century Dutch art, including Rembrandt's, is one of Stone-Ferrier's favorite subjects. She has written two books, Images of Textiles: The Weave of Seventeenth Century Dutch Art and Society (1985) and Dutch Prints of Daily Life: Mirrors of Life or Masks of Morals? (1983), and curated an exhibition on scenes of Dutch daily life and the controversies surrounding how those scenes are interpreted. She has also written 20 scholarly articles and reviews on seventeenth-century Dutch scenes of daily life and landscapes.

Stone-Ferrier holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of California-Berkeley. She has taught at KU since 1980 and is currently the chair of the Kress Foundation Department of History of Art.

Founded in 1947, the Humanities Lecture Series is the oldest continuing series at KU. More than 150 eminent scholars from around the world have participated in the program, including author Vladimir Nabokov, painter Thomas Hart Benton and author Aldous Huxley. Besides Stone-Ferrier, the 2003-2004 Humanities Lecture Series included author Sherman Alexie and historian Peter Gay. A lecture by biologist E.O. Wilson will finish the series in April. For more information, contact the Hall Center via email or call (785) 864-7822.

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