Banned in France: Recovering the Enlightenment Foundations of the James Bowdoin III Collection

Museum of Art Museum of Art

Exhibition: Banned in France: Recovering the Enlightenment Foundations of the James Bowdoin III Collection

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John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery
This exhibition, curated by students in conjunction with the community-based course, French 310: Censorship and Enlightenment, tells the stories behind the controversial French Enlightenment books in James Bowdoin III's collection. Bequeathed to Bowdoin in 1802, these books reflected a commitment to propagating the principles of French Enlightenment thought in a small college in New England.

Works

Gilbert Stuart, American, 1755 - 1828, Portrait of James Bowdoin III, ca. 1806-12, oil on canvas, Bequest of Mrs. Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn, 1870.6

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This exhibition, curated by students in conjunction with the community-based course, French 310: Censorship and Enlightenment, tells the stories behind the controversial French Enlightenment books in James Bowdoin III's collection. Bequeathed to Bowdoin in 1802, these books reflected a commitment to propagating the principles of French Enlightenment thought in a small college in New England.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Common Good in conjunction with their Seeking the Common Good Series: Spring 2010 Literature as Lense