Christopher Johns Presents Paper on John Singleton Copley

copleystudyascensionChristopher Johns, Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Professor of History of Art, presented a paper on Saturday, March 21, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Los Angeles. Its title: “John Singleton Copley in Rome: The Challenge of the Old Masters Accepted.”

The paper was read in the session “American Latium: The Impact of Rome on American Artists in the Long Eighteenth Century,” chaired by Karin Wolfe, Research Fellow, British School at Rome. The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is an interdisciplinary group dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all aspects of the period—from the later seventeenth through the early nineteenth century.

*John Singleton Copley (1738-1815). Study for “The Ascension,” 1774. Ink (“Bistre”) washes, pen and ink, black chalk, and graphite on off-white laid paper, watercolor. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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