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Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture
Past Lectures
Between Magic & Monotheism:
Judaism & Sorcery in the Ancient World
Guest Lecturer
Dr. Justin Sledge
Armida, the Sorceress, Calls Upon the Powers of Magic to Avenge Her Loss
Simon Vouet (designer) French, 1590–1649
Armida, the Sorceress, Calls Upon the Powers of Magic to Avenge Her Loss, ca. 1633–1637
Wool and silk (modern cotton lining)
181 x 92 inches
Gift of Viola E. Bray, 2005.124.8

The Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture has been established to address the topics of art, religion and history prior to the 19th century, and is funded annually by the Sheppy Dog Fund, Dr. Alan Klein, Advisor.

Media Sponsor
Book Discussion
Past Book Discussion
The Glassblower of Murano
by Marina Fiorato

Venice, 1681. Glassblowing is the lifeblood of the Republic, and Venetian mirrors are more precious than gold. Jealously guarded by the murderous Council of Ten, the glassblowers of Murano are virtually imprisoned on their island in the lagoon. But the greatest of the artists, Corradino Manin, sells his methods and his soul to the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, to protect his secret daughter. In the present day his descendant, Leonora Manin, leaves an unhappy life in London to begin a new one as a glassblower in Venice. As she finds new life and love in her adoptive city, her fate becomes inextricably linked with that of her ancestor and the treacherous secrets of his life begin to come to light. Free to the public
The Glassblower of Murano
FIA book discussions focus on works of fiction and non-fiction related art, art museums, or FIA collections. The first meeting for each book sets the stage by exploring artists and artwork related to the selected book. Two weeks later, the book is discussed. These free programs are offered on Wednesdays at 1:30p.
Thompson Lecture
Past Lectures
Rubens & His Legacy
Guest Lecturer
Dr. Nico Van Hout

Rubens Society

The Rubens Society comprises individuals and representatives from businesses whose annual Flint Institute of Arts membership contribution is $1,000 or above. By joining the Rubens Society, members provide valuable support for FIA operations.

The Rubens Society members are invited to three exclusive events each year. These include opportunities to meet internationally known figures from the art world, attend elegant dinners in Isabel Hall, and learn about remarkable private and public collections. Members have the opportunity to explore the visual arts in-depth in an interesting and informative way, enjoy stimulating discussions, and meet with those who share their abiding interest in the FIA and its place in this community. Rubens Society members receive all the benefits of membership including the FIA Magazine; free admission to temporary exhibitions, invitations to special events; discounts on classes, ticketed events, The Palette Café, Museum Shop purchases, and in the Art Sales and Rental Gallery; facility rental privileges, and inclusion in two reciprocal membership programs.

The Thompson Lecture was established in 1991 by Dr. and Mrs. Jack W. Thompson to enable the Flint Institute of Arts to present a distinguished speaker in the arts or humanities each year. The Thompson Lecture is one of the Institute's few members-only events and was established, in part, to attract new members to the FIA.
Peter Paul Rubens, Angel, 1610–1611

Peter Paul Rubens
Flemish, 1577–1640
Angel, 1610–1611
Oil on modern support transferred from wood panel
80 1/2 x 57 inches
Gift of Viola E. Bray, 2005.158

Media Sponsor
Book Discussion
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel
By Dominic Smith

Part I: Art Lecture
November 16 • 1:30p
Part II: Book Discussion
November 30 • 1:30p
Free to the public
Isabel Hall

Amsterdam, 1631: Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the city’s Guild of St. Luke. Though women do not paint landscapes (they are generally restricted to indoor subjects), a wintry outdoor scene haunts Sara: She cannot shake the image of a young girl from a nearby village, standing alone beside a silver birch at dusk, staring out at a group of skaters on the frozen river below. Defying the expectations of her time, she decides to paint it.

New York City, 1957: The only known surviving work of Sara de Vos, At the Edge of a Wood, hangs in the bedroom of a wealthy Manhattan lawyer, Marty de Groot, a descendant of the original owner. It is a beautiful but comfortless landscape. The lawyer’s marriage is prominent but comfortless, too. When a struggling art history grad student, Ellie Shipley, agrees to forge the painting for a dubious art dealer, she finds herself entangled with its owner in ways no one could predict.

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel
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