March 24, 2009    
Contact: Karen Cardinal
Accounting, Web and Marketing Manager, Mead Art Museum

AMHERST, Mass.—On Tuesday, April 7, at 4:30 p.m., Susan Anderson, interim Andrew W. Mellon coordinator of college programs at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum, will deliver a gallery talk related to an exhibition currently on view at the Mead, Hendrick Goltzius’s Life of the Virgin: Surpassing Tradition. The installation of 14 prints, which is curated by Anderson, contextualizes a series of six engravings depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary by 16th-century Dutch artist Hendrick Goltzius. Anderson’s talk on these pieces, as well as the exhibition itself, are both free, open to the public and supported by the Amherst Art Series, the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund and the Collins Print Fund.

One of the most versatile artists of his age, Goltzius developed a bold engraving style marked by swelling lines, robust figures and striking compositions. His Life of the Virgin series (1593-94) served as his entrée into the ranks of the Great Masters—Albrecht Dürer, Lucas van Leyden, Federico Barocci and Jacopo Bassano—from whose work he drew inspiration. Rather than slavishly copy Dürer’s woodcut of the Circumcision, for example, Goltzius based his variant on elements from two different woodcuts by the master while mimicking his hallmark engraving style.

“Dr. Anderson has developed a thoughtful and thought-provoking exhibition,” said Elizabeth Barker, director of the Mead. “I’m delighted she’s agreed to share her expertise in a public forum.”

The exhibition also relates to Emulation or Imitation: The Case of Dürer vs. Raimondi, on view at the Smith College Museum of Art through April 19, which features several prints from the Mead’s collections. A complete schedule of the Mead’s events is posted on its Web site at

The Mead Art Museum houses the art collection of Amherst College, totaling more than 16,000 works. An accredited member of the American Association of Museums, the Mead participates in Museums10, a regional cultural collaboration. During the academic term, the museum is open Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to midnight and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, please visit the museum’s Web site, www.amherst/museums/mead, or call 413/542-2335.