Professor Jon Ritter at 440 Gallery

6 Sep

Frank’s Gourmet Deli by Ella Yang

The City Scene:  Cityscapes in the History of Art
Sunday, September 23, 4:40 pm
Jon Ritter, New York University Department of Art History

Professor Jon Ritter will discuss the history of urban landscape paintings, or cityscapes. This talk will trace the origins of the genre and identify various approaches to urban representation in the western tradition. Examples will focus on the evolving meanings and uses of cityscape painting from the Renaissance to the present, following artistic shifts from civic and political representation to social and psychological observation. The talk, in conjunction with Ella Yang’s show, Brooklyn Seen, will conclude by considering the changing New York cityscape, inviting comment and discussion from the audience about the works in the exhibition.

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