If you’re living pretty much anywhere in Maryland, Calvert and Arundell are names you see or hear literally everyday. You can’t even turn on the traffic report or local news without hearing some casual name-dropping vis-à-vis street names, school names, building names, and on and on and on. But who were these people, really? We’d be willing to bet that a casual man-on-the-street poll would reveal that few Baltimoreans could tell you much about either historical family. Sure, we can assume they were fabulously wealthy and well connected (pretty key back in the day for getting places named after you); but there’s got to be more to know. And as usual, the Maryland Historical Society is happy to share.
On February 6th, Dr. Henry M. Miller, Director of Research and Maryland Heritage Scholar in Historic St. Mary’s City will present a lecture on the artistic legacy of Maryland’s founding families. That’s encouraging, since so much of Baltimore’s contemporary identity revolves around our relationship to the arts. As such, this presentation will examine the engagement of the Calvert and Arundell families in art during the 17th century. Dr. Miller will use as examples surviving works in architecture, funerary art, portraits, coins and medals, and more. Whenever possible, the identities of the artists themselves and their cultural context will be discussed as well. One subject of special note is a game board believed to be painted by Maryland’s foundress, Anne Arundell Calvert. Now that’s a legacy.
The Artistic Legacy of the Calverts and Arundells in England and America lecture will be presented Thursday, February 6 from 6:00-8:00 PM at 201 W. Monument Street. Lecture begins at 6:30 PM, open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres beforehand. For more information, or to make a reservation, visit www.mdhs.org.
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