Continuing Education with Brooks Museum Docents

We love our docents and education team here at the Brooks Museum. Even while the museum has been closed, our docents have been hard at work continuing to learn about the museum’s permanent collection.

Recently, our docents gathered for a presentation on Sofonisba Anguissola and Georgia O’Keeffe, two important women artists whose works hang in our permanent collection.

Portrait of One of the Artist's Sisters, ca. 1560
Artist: Sofonisba Anguissola, Italian, 1532/35 - 1625
Medium: Oil on wood panel
Painting: 5 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. (14 x 13.4 cm)
Frame: 9 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (25.1 x 25.1 cm)
Credit Line: Memphis Park Commission purchase
Object Number: 43.10

Self-Portrait, ca. 1560
Artist: Sofonisba Anguissola, Italian, 1532/35 - 1625
Medium: Oil on wood panel
Painting: 5 x 4 5/8 in. (12.7 x 11.8 cm)
Frame: 9 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (25.1 x 25.1 cm)
Credit Line: Memphis Park Commission purchase
Object Number: 43.11

Brooks docent Ainslie Todd presented her research on Sofonisba Anguissola, a talented Renaissance portrait artist who painted for the Spanish Court and worked closely with Michelangelo. Anguissola’s portraits - two of which hang in our permanent collection - set her apart as an artist in the Renaissance, both for her talent and her brazenness in pursuing portraiture, a subject matter usually reserved for male artists.

Waterfall - No. 1 - Iao Valley - Maui, 1939
Georgia O'Keeffe, American, 1887 - 1986
Medium: Oil on canvas
Painting: 19 1/8 x 16 in. (48.6 x 40.6 cm)
Frame: 20 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (52.1 x 44.5 x 4.4 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Art Today Object Number: 76.7
Copyright: © The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Brooks tour coordinator Olivia Miles presented her research on the life and art of Georgia O’Keeffe, whose 1939 painting 'Waterfall - No. 1 - Iao Valley - Maui’ is a favorite in the Brooks Museum permanent collection.

Our dedicated docents never stop learning about the collection here at the Brooks. They know the collection better than anyone and they still work continuously to learn new ways of presenting the collection to museum visitors.

Docent led tours (groups of 10 or more) may be scheduled for anyone who is interested in learning more about art, the Brooks Museum, our collections, and our exhibitions. Our docents provide enjoyable and educational tours suitable for a variety of visitors, including adults, families, and students of all ages.

To book a tour with a Brooks Museum docent, visit http://www.brooksmuseum.org/book-a-tour.

To learn about how you can become a volunteer docent for the Brooks Museum, visit http://www.brooksmuseum.org/become-a-docent.

Posted by Rose Baker at 10:29 AM
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