James Barry (Irish, 1741–1806), Orpheus Instructing the Savage People, 1792, etching and engraving, 16.4 x 19.9 (plate). The William and Nancy Pressly Collection acquired with funds made available by the F. T. Stent Family, 2015.001.013
Meet William Pressly, the collector and scholar who spent decades deciphering James Barry’s grand, but often, abstruse art. Pressly, whose book James Barry’s Murals at the Royal Society of Arts: Envisioning a New Public Art (Cork University Press, 2014) was awarded the 2015 William MB Berger Prize for British Art History, decodes the Royal Society of Arts murals, and the prints that derived from them, to re-evaluate the role Christianity played in Enlightenment thought.
Pressly’s presentation will be followed by a discussion led by Patrick Griffin, Madden-Hennebry Professor of History.
After the lecture, join us in the exhibition for a book signing hosted by Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.
This presentation is co-sponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and is part of the American Conference for Irish Studies hosted by the University of Notre Dame from March 30 through April 3.
This program is free and open to the public.
Visit the American Conference for Irish Studies website to learn about the other related events and sessions.