Bob Jones University’s M&G Museum in Greenville, SC, Presents Rare Look at the Historic and Rare Benjamin West Collection – Mar. 19, 2015

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On Thursday evening, Mar. 19, 2015, M&G Curator John Nolan will present a lecture to residents of Greenville, SC, and the Upstate, highlighting the seven monumental paintings by American ex-patriate Benjamin West on display in the War Memorial Chapel at Bob Jones University. As part of M&G’s Art in Focus Series, Nolan’s lecture will trace West’s career from a farm in Pennsylvania to his ascent to the very peak of English artistic society as a painter to the King of England. The lecture is free, open to the general public, and will be hosted from 5:30-6:30pm.

This rare and significant collection in America has a surprising story—both the artist Benjamin West and the paintings, which were part of a planned series (called “Revealed Religion”) commissioned by King George III of Revolutionary War fame, played lead roles in the development of American and English eighteenth-century painting.

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“Isaiah’s Lips Anointed with Fire”, Benjamin West, P.R.A. From the Bob Jones University Collection.

Dr. Alfred Scharf, well-known art historian, has exclaimed the historical importance of these works and expressed that “these pictures probably form the most outstanding series of religious paintings in eighteenth-century England.” Nolan will help his audience understand the proper historical context of these amazing historical works, while also highlighting the causes that forced the “Revealed Religion” project to a halt before it could be completed.

Through John Nolan’s lecture, every one attending—no matter their interests or background—will have an exclusive, limited opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of a true and rare American treasure: The “Revealed Religion” series by Benjamin West. Come delve into a rich selection of American and British history!

For directions to location or additional information about upcoming events, tours, and admission prices, contact the Museum & Gallery at 864/770-1331, or check the website at (www.bjumg.org).

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