Masters of Self-Portraiture Presentation at Gunn Memorial Library

Vincent P. de Luise, MD, master scholar and frequent lecturer on art music and the humanities, will give an illustrated talk entitled Upon Reflection: Masters of Self-Portraiture – Rembrandt, Durer and their Legacy.  This program is Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 6:30pm at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT.

​Why does an artist choose to paint their reflection? What aspects of personality and psychology is an artist trying to capture by portraying their own visage?  How do artists paint their hands when they are in the act of painting? What does self-portraiture tell us about the artists themselves? Why did two artists- Durer and Rembrandt paint themselves so frequently?

Dr Vincent de Luise will discuss these visual perceptual issues and the optics of self-portraiture, with specific reference to Albrecht Dürer’s remarkable self-portraits beginning in his teen-age years in the 1490s, and Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn’s evolution of the technique of self-portraiture in the 17th century. The lecture will include an analysis of self-portraiture over the centuries, including works by Michelangelo, Leonardo, Caravaggio, Titian, Gentileschi, Velazquez, Goya, Manet and van Gogh.

Dr. de Luise is an assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at Yale University School of Medicine, and on the adjunct faculty of the Weill Cornell Medical College, where he serves on the Humanities and Medicine Committee and the Music and Medicine Initiative. ​He is president of the Connecticut Summer Opera Foundation and lectures frequently about music and the arts.

DeClutter Your Home Presentation at Gunn Memorial Library

Local DeClutter Professional and Move Manager, Deidre Dolan Nesline, will offer a presentation Got Stuff? Tips for Decluttering Your Home.   This program will be Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 6:30pm at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT.

Deidre delivers a lively discussion about decluttering, organizing and right-sizing your home. She will offer tips on the most efficient approach to space organization about getting rid of stuff and how to keep it moving out of your home.  This program will put a positive focus on what can be an overwhelming and sometimes emotional task and will offer ideas and suggestions for decluttering.  This is a great “how-to” informational session for you or a family member in the process of decluttering.

Deidre Dolan Nesline is the owner of DeClutter by Deidre which she started after telling a friend how she loved helping friends and relatives with their finances, sorting items, decluttering, organizing their homes and/or project manage a move.


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All programs are free and open to the public, but registration is requested.
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The Gunn Memorial Library is located at
5 Wykeham Road at Route 47 on the Green, in Washington, CT.