Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847), resident Congregational minister in Blue Hill, Maine was writer, linguist, inventor, architect, surveyor, farmer, pastor, naturalist, artist-and traveler. His drawings of animals were developed as finely worked engravings in boxwood over a period of several years, resulting in the completed work, Scripture Animals, Or Natural History of the Living Creatures Named in the Bible which is the focus of the exhibition, A Wondrous Journey: Jonathan Fisher and the Making of Scripture Animals (on view starting March 23 in the Craig Gallery).
Lecture One—Painting Blue Hill: Morality and the Natural World
Scholar Kevin D. Murphy, author of Jonathan Fisher of Blue Hill, Maine: Commerce, Culture, and Community on the Eastern Frontier and professor of art history at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York will explore Fisher’s command of visual means to produce remarkably original images of Blue Hill as well as the natural world. Fisher’s well-known view of Blue Hill Village from the mid-1820s is a very early depiction of the Maine landscape. The talk will demonstrate the many ways the painting can be read: as an illustration of the religious concept of the Great Chain of Being, as a tribute to a new village scarcely three decades old, as a careful depiction of rural enterprise, and more.
Location: Farnsworth auditorium
Cost: $ 12 members, $16 nonmembers
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