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Speaker Series: Wolf Burchard

September 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for an evening of art and intrigue as Wolf Burchard discusses his new book  The Sovereign Artist – Charles Le Brun and the Image of Louis XIV!

To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

Wolf Burchard is an art and architectural historian, and specialist on 17th and 18th century royal patronage. He is the National Trust’s Furniture Research Curator and was Curatorial Assistant at the Royal Collection Trust from 2009 to 2014 where he assisted Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures, in curating “The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy, 1714-1760” at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, commemorating the tercentenary of George I’s accession to the British Throne. He studied history of art and architecture at the universities of Tübingen, Vienna and the Courtauld Institute of Art, from which he holds an MA and PhD. He publishes and regularly lectures on the art and architectural patronage at the British, French and German courts; he is a Trustee of the Georgian Group, a member of the Events Committee and Editorial Panel of the Furniture History Society, and a member of the Committee of the Society for Court Studies.

This is the best book on this “universal man”, as some contemporaries called him, in English. Wolf Burchard brings to this labour of love the knowledge that comes from a lifelong fascination with Versailles and the reign of Louis XIV…. The Sovereign Artist is a fascinating, readable account of a supreme moment of French and court art. … This wonderful book proves, yet again, the vital importance of courts and monarchs for the arts.” Dr Philip Mansel, Literary Review, July 2017


September 26, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm