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7th Annual 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
WKAR
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.
Book Discussion
The Printmaker’s Daughter
by Katherine Govier

Part I: Art Lecture September 21 • 1:30p
Part II: Book Discussion October 5 • 1:30p
Isabel Hall
Free to the public

A lost voice of old Japan reclaims her rightful place in history in this breathtaking work of imagination and scholarship from award-winning and internationally acclaimed author Katherine Govier. In the evocative tale of 19th century Tokyo, The Printmaker’s Daughter delivers an enthralling tale of one of the world’s great unknown artists: Oei, the mysterious daughter of master printmaker Hokusai, painter of the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. The novel is an intimate, finely wrought story of daughterhood and duty, art and authorship, the immortality of creation, and the anonymity of history.

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.
he Printmaker’s Daughter
Thompson Lecture
Dr. Nico Van Hout
Rubens & His Legacy
October 10 • 6:00p
Guest Lecturer
Dr. Nico Van Hout

Every good artist creates a world of his own, but in Peter Paul Rubens’ case you could even say that he created his own universe. Dr. Nico Van Hout’s lecture will explore the vast panorama of Rubensian painters throughout four centuries. Without Rubens there would have been no Rococo or Romantic era, no Orientalism or Impressionism. Many artists were seduced by Rubens’ brilliance of color, by his composition or technique, using these as stepping-stones to their own artistic maturing.

After graduating in art history from the University of Ghent in 1989, Dr. Van Hout gained a certificate in the Restoration and Conservation of Paintings from the National Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 1991. From 1994 to 1998, he worked as a researcher at the Rubenianum in Antwerp. Dr. Van Hout was involved in the research and restoration of the Oranjezaal in Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague in 1999. Since 2001, he has worked at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium where he is currently the Curator of Seventeenth Century Paintings. He gained his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of Leuven in 2005.


Member’s Dinner
October 10
The Rubens Society member’s dinner follows the Thompson Lecture with Dr. Nico Van Hout as the guest of honor. Look for your invitation to the Rubens Society Dinner soon.
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
WKAR
Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture
Director's Cut
11.2.16 • 6:00p
Guest Lecturer
Dr. Salvador Salort-Pons
Director, President and CEO of the Detroit Institute of Arts
Free admission.
Please Join Salvador Salort-Pons, director of the Detroit institute of Arts, as he discusses his vision for the museum, explores some of his favorite works of art, and answers your questions about the DIA.


Dr. Alan Klein

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