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Steve Perkinson to Lecture at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Story posted October 02, 2006

Steve Perkinson

Stephen Perkinson, Assistant Professor of Art, will deliver a lecture about portraiture at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art at noon, Sunday, October 15, 2006. Perkinson's talk, titled "Rethinking the Origins of Portraiture," is presented in conjunction with the symposium "Facing the Middle Ages: A Symposium in Honor of the Fiftieth Anniversary of The International Center for Medieval Art," and the current exhibition Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Sculpture.

Head of King, ca. 1220-1230, French, limestone, 6 1/2 x 5 13/16 x 5 1/8 inches. Gift of Edward Perry Warren H'26. 1915.100.

The exhibition features works that show how medieval artists represented the human face in images and statues of secular and sacred figures. It was recently reviewed in the International Herald Tribune, which mentions a sculpture borrowed from the collection of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The Gothic sculpture, Head of King, is singled out for its subtlety of character, the face "illuminated with inner certainty. Not even the damaged nose alters this little-known masterpiece." The New York Times also reviewed Set in Stone in the Friday, September 29 issue.

Perkinson contributed an essay to the Museum's exhibition catalogue.

For more information about Perkinson's talk, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the exhibition Set in Stone, call 212-396-5460 or e-mail

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