Peter Hastings Falk, an author, publisher, appraiser and art historian, will deliver the lecture, called “The Bruges Madonna: An Early Masterpiece by Michelangelo.” The museum has a reproduction of the sculpture, cast from a 1932 plaster mold by the Marinelli foundry in Florence, Italy. An exhibition featuring the sculpture runs through March 15.
Michelangelo (1475–1564), Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor and architect, created the Bruges Madonna about 1506. It is the only one of his sculptures known to have left Italy during Michelangelo’s lifetime. It was sold to Flemish cloth merchants who presented it to the Church of Notre Dame in Bruges, Belgium.
Falk is the author of the biographical dictionary, Who Was Who in American Art. The Falk Art Reference imprint (formerly Sound View Press) publishes a series of reference books on American art, such as the Exhibition Record Series, which American art historian William Gerdts called “the most important basis for art historical research in late 19th- to mid-20th-century American art.”
The lecture, which is free, will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 5 at the museum, 1 State St. Parking and admission are free.
Among its other exhibitions are: “Christmas in Asia” and “Mother Teresa: Life, Spirituality and Message.”
The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 203-865-0400 or visit www.kofcmuseum.org.