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Fragonard’s Young Girl Reading: New Perspectives

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Young Girl Reading, c. 1770. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gift of Mrs. Mellon Bruce in memory of her father, Andrew W. Mellon, 1961.16.1.


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

This lecture was recorded. Please view it here.

On loan to the Harvard Art Museums from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s Young Girl Reading is one of the most famous French rococo paintings in America. Part of a series known as figures de fantaisie, this painting has recently been the subject of art historical discovery and technical analysis.

This event will bring together two scholars working on Fragonard and on the period in question: Yuriko Jackall, assistant curator of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art and organizer of an upcoming exhibition on Fragonard (Fall 2017); and Marika T. Knowles, junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows and a specialist in French art, culture, and literature of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

The panel discussion will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Free admission. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Support for the lecture is provided by the Robert and Margaret Rothschild Lecture Fund at the Harvard Art Museums.