Arts Surveys
The Eye of Thomas Jefferson: Art and Reason,#045
(18 slides, audiocassette - 18 minutes, and text)
This program explores aspects of Enlightenment attitudes and interests as a background to Jefferson's contributions. Early scientific inquiry and the revived interest in classicism, seen in paintings such as Experiment with an Air Pump by Joseph Wright of Derby and Hubert Robert's The Discovery of the Laocoon, are discussed by Ross Watson, the Gallery's curator for the Bicentennial. Eighteenth-century music complements the visual material and commentary.