“Art in Focus” Podcast: “Nature’s Mirror” with Art History Professor Jeffery Howe and Studio Professor Mary Armstrong

The McMullen Student Ambassadors are pleased to present our new podcast, Art in Focus, featuring an informal discussion between professors from various academic departments at Boston College. With each new episode, we aim to uncover a new perspective on the works on display, informed by research and methodologies in areas of study across the University. Each conversation will bring the exhibition’s works “into focus” as both historic records and living objects that trade in today’s cultural and economic capital.

For the first episode of Art in Focus, we have invited Art History Professor and Curator of Nature’s Mirror: Reality and Symbol in Belgian Landscape Jeffery Howe and Studio Professor Mary Armstrong from the Art, Art History, and Film Department. Each professor was asked to choose a single piece from Nature’s Mirror, and share anything and everything that strikes them as interesting or curious. They chose the works featured here.

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MARY ARMSTRONG: Frans van Kuyck (1852–1915), “Marsh at Twilight,” n.d., oil on canvas, 52.7 x 70.8 cm, Hearn Family Trust
Khnopff, Memory of Bruges. Entrance to the Beguinage, v2
JEFFERY HOWE: Fernand Khnopff (1858–1921), “Memory of Bruges. Entrance to the Beguinage,” 1904, pastel and black chalk on paper, 27 x 43.5 cm, Hearn Family Trust