“Cabbages, Cucumbers, Christ, and a Cook”
James Clifton, director of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and curator of Renaissance and baroque painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gives a lecture on Joachim Wtewael’s work, The Kitchen Maid, on view at the AMAM through July 21.
In the painting, a young woman impales plucked chickens on a skewer while staring frankly at the viewer. Vegetables in the still life beside her symbolically suggest that her gaze is sexually provocative, while in the background Christ imparts words of wisdom to Martha and Mary Magdalene. How might the two parts of this picture be reconciled?
Meet Joachim Wtewael: conservative Calvinist, Utrecht City Council member, flax merchant, upright citizen, and painter of Bible stories and mythological erotica.
These free programs are presented in the King Sculpture Court, followed by a reception. Galleries remain open until 7:30 p.m.