Afternoon Salon

Learn-ed: Examining the Book and the Written Word in Art

Young Girl Writing a Love Letter, c. 1755
Pietro Antonio Rotari
Italian, 1707-1762
Oil on canvas
33-3/8 x 27 in. (84.8 x 68.6 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation

Learn-ed: Examining the Book and the Written Word in Art

Date: Sunday, August 11, 2013
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Educator: Staff Educator
Type: Afternoon Salon

From Raphael’s beautiful Madonna and Child with Book to Picasso’s Woman with a Book, books have been portrayed in art throughout the ages. Discuss the symbolism used by artists in depicting religious doctrine from the 15th to 18th centuries; consider how inscription turns secular in the lovely Pietro Antonio Rotari’s Young Girl Writing a Love Letter; and conclude with the word according to Ed Ruscha in Annie, in which text becomes image.


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