History of Art Research Seminar: Michael Clarke | The Reluctant Matriarch

  • Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 17:15 to 18:15

  • Hunter Building, Hunter Lecture Theatre (017)
    74 Lauriston Place
    EH3 9DF

This seminar by Michael Clarke is the fourth in the History of Art Research Seminar Series 2016 - 2017.

Michael Clarke has recently retired from his post as Director of the Scottish National Gallery and Deputy Director of the National Galleries of Scotland. He is Honorary Professor at ECA. He joined the National Galleries of Scotland in 1984, having previously worked at Manchester University and the British Museum.

He became keeper in 1987 and then director of the SNG in 2001. During his tenure, the Gallery has developed an international reputation for the quality of its acquisitions, research and programmes.

Michael joins us to talk about Napoleonic portraiture, with a special focus on François Baron Gérard's stately full-length portrait of Napoleon's mother, known as Madame Mère. The portrait is on display in the Scottish National Gallery.

His talk is entitled The Reluctant Matriarch: Madame Mère, the Painter Gérard and Dynastic Portraiture under Napoleon.

The event is free and open to all.