PL Recommends #6
Coronavirus: A global pandemic told through art (5 minutes)
Art Historian James Fox
In this excellent video, James Fox explores three paintings relevant to the current pandemic. Dame Barbara Hepworth’s pastel, ethereal drawing of doctors, surgeons, and nurses, was inspired by the care that her very ill daughter received in the 1940s. Andrew Wyeth’s 1947 Wind from the Sea puts us the viewer inside looking out of an open window with fluttering curtains bringing in life sustaining fresh air. And Hope, by Victorian painter George Frederic Watts, looks more like “despair” at first blush. Watch Fox’s explanation of this powerful piece of art.
Linda Bennett has been a museum docent for 10 years, most recently focusing on engaging Adults with Memory Loss with works of art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. In addition she has earned two graduate degrees (Master of Science and Master of Public Health) from the University of Michigan.