Art historian to speak in the valley Wednesday night |

Art historian to speak in the valley Wednesday night

Daily Staff Writer

VAIL – Art historian Lee MacCormick Edwards will speak Wednesday at the Cordillera Valley Club from 5:30-7 p.m. Edwards will speak about the “Images of Napoleon: Art in the Age of Revolution.”

The presentation will explore the little known fact that while Napoleon’s political impact was extraordinary, his cultural legacy was equally dynamic and still has resonance today. Two intertwining styles flourished during his era – Neoclassicism and Romanticism. The lecture will examine the paintings and sculptures that promoted Napoleon’s political goals and the global reach of his aesthetic agenda among both his allies and his enemies.Edwards is an art historian with a Ph.D. degree from Columbia University. Her publications include “Domestic Bliss: Family Life in American Painting, 1840-1910,” and “Herkomer: A Victorian Artist,” as well as numerous articles and catalogue essays. She has lectured widely and is president of the American Friends of the Salzburg Festival. A native of Sydney, Australia, Edwards is a professor of art history at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She has owned a home in Vail for many years and spends several months a year in the Vail Valley.

As part of the Vail Symposium’s commitment to the community and its initiative to bring speakers to local schools, Edwards will address the AP art history students at Battle Mountain High School located in Eagle-Vail.A nonprofit, grassroots organization, the Vail Symposium was created in 1971 as an educational, literary and cultural organization for the purpose of presenting programs that are stimulating, diverse and affordable for the Vail Valley.

Admission is $20 for Vail Symposium supporters and $25 for all others. The presentation will take place at the Cordillera Valley Club with light refreshments and a cash bar offered from 5:30-6 p.m., followed by Edwards’ presentation from 6-7 p.m. An optional buffet dinner is offered for $35 following the lecture.Tickets are available at the door, but seating is limited and reservations are recommended. For more information, contact the Vail Symposium at 476-0954.Vail Colorado

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