Davis Discoveries Symposium: The Green Lady Mystery (Sir Joshua Reynolds)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Friday, February 19 | 3:00 - 5:00pm | Collins Cinema | Reception to follow in Davis Museum


Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 – 1792) was the most prominent portrait artist in England in the 18th century. Having studied the Old Masters in Rome, Reynolds devised a “Grand Manner” that emphasized the dignity of his sitters and ushered in a Golden Age of British portraiture.  The Davis Museum is fortunate to count among its collections a portrait of a young woman by Reynolds.  Prior to her recent conservation treatment, she had the unfortunate nickname of the “Green Lady”—a reference to her once sallow appearance caused by decades of grime and yellowed varnish.  Join us for an afternoon symposium to hear curators and conservators discuss who she is, where she came from, and how she has been restored to reveal a fresh face ready to hang in the reinstalled galleries. Registration: RSVP with Eventbrite


The Davis Discoveries series is generously supported by Wellesley College Friends of Art.