April 10, 2009
Contact: Karen Cardinal
Accounting, Web and Marketing Manager, Mead Art Museum

AMHERST, Mass.—On Thursday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m., Andaleeb Banta, visiting assistant professor of the history of art at Amherst College, will present a lecture titled “Meisterstiche as Masterpieces: The Prints of Albrecht Dürer, Lucas van Leyden and Hendrick Goltzius at the Mead” at the Mead Art Museum. The lecture is offered in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, Hendrick Goltzius’s Life of the Virgin: Surpassing Tradition, curated by Susan Anderson, interim Andrew W. Mellon coordinator of college programs, and is free and open to the public.

Inspired by her fall 2008 course “Demythologizing Masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque,” Banta’s lecture will examine the term Meisterstiche—“master prints,” in English—as it has been applied to selected prints by Dürer, Lucas and Goltzius since shortly after their creation. This trio of printmakers, active in Germany and The Netherlands during the 16th century, earned rare acclaim as great masters during their lifetimes. The honor was typically given only to painters.

Banta, an expert in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, received her Ph.D. from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and previously worked at the Morgan Library and Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vassar College and the City University of New York.  She is currently teaching courses at Amherst on the Italian Renaissance and the arts of Islamic Spain.

For a complete schedule of events at the Mead, visit www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs.

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 9 a.m. to midnight, and 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.