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John Walsh Lectures

Organized in collaboration with John Walsh, B.A. 1961, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the lecture series focuses on close-looking and important paintings on view at the Gallery.

Lecture and Conversation

A painting of fishermen and other figures on a beach, with several ships in the background. A huge, cloudy sky occupies about three-quarters of the composition.

“Close to Shore: Simon de Vlieger, the Beach, the Fishery, and Divine Favor”

Lecture Released on YouTube: Wednesday, September 29,
12:30 pm EDT
Live Conversation on Zoom: Friday, October 1,
12:30 pm EDT

In this lecture, “Close to Shore: Simon de Vlieger, the Beach, the Fishery, and Divine Favor,” John Walsh, B.A. 1961, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, speaks about a magnificent beach scene by the Dutch painter Simon de Vlieger (ca. 1601–1653). On Friday, October 1, Walsh will be joined on Zoom by Jessie Park, the Nina and Lee Griggs Assistant Curator of European Art, for a live conversation reflecting on the lecture. Registration is required for the conversation only.

Lecture and Conversation Videos

About John Walsh

John Walsh, B.A. 1961, is Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. He was a paintings curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He received a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught courses on the history of art at Columbia and Harvard University, and he is currently a visiting professor in the Department of the History of Art at Yale University.