At one point, Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother that since he had no children, he viewed his paintings as his progeny. A painter and pastor, van Gogh produced more than 2,000 “brilliant children.” In this session, dozens of his works of art, with a focus on pieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will be explored. An overview of his life experiences and how it influenced his art will lead to a lively discussion, which will include talking about the differences between experiencing original artwork and reproductions.
Michael Norris, from an early age, discovered how powerful the influence of art can be. He earned a BA in classics from the University of California at San Diego and MA in classics and Ph.D. in art history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. With over 20 years of teaching at the Cloisters Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other global lecture destinations, Michael “tries to find the story in the artwork” and share with interested audiences.
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