Cummer Beaches Lecture Series Part III: Jan Steen’s Continence of Scipio at the Cummer Museum

November 1, 2019
6 to 7:30 P.M.

Hosted at the Beaches Museum Chapel - 381 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Doors open at 5:30, lecture begins at 6. Free!

Join Dr. Scott Brown of Cummer Beaches for a free lecture, Jan Steen’s Continence of Scipio at the Cummer Museum, hosted at the Beaches Museum. The great Dutch master, Jan Steen, is known for his wry and ribaldly humorous paintings of tipplers, vagabonds, cuckolds, scallywags, bawds, and strumpets, but his painting of the Roman general Scipio in the Cummer Museum depicts a subject normally associated with the noblest themes of heroism, self-sacrifice, and generosity.  Naturally, this story is a set up for parody.  The Cummer’s painting is one of a series of “serious” historical subjects that Steen made into parodic, comedic explorations of human venality, hypocrisy, and absurdity.  Agamemnon, King David, and Scipio among other dignified gentlemen all get in the neck from Steen, one of the great comic masters and observers of human nature in the history of art. 

Dr. Brown has received the Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication award from the SECAC for his book The Riddle of Jael. Brown offers the first history of the Biblical heroine Jael in medieval and Renaissance art. Jael, who betrayed and killed the tyrant Sisera in the Book of Judges by hammering a tent peg through his brain as he slept under her care, was a blessed murderess and an especially fertile moral paradox in the art of the early modern period.

The program is free and open to the public, and is generously sponsored by Diane DeMell Jacobsen, Ph.D.