C. D. Dickerson III, curator of European art at the Kimbell Art Museum, will present a lecture entitled “Raw Painting: ‘The Butcher’s Shop’ by Annibale Carracci” as part of the Museum’s “Art in Context” series, on Wednesday, November 10, at 12:30 p.m. in the Museum auditorium. Admission is free.

Dickerson will discuss Annibale Carracci’s Butcher’s Shop, a cherished work in the Kimbell’s collection. The painting occupies a seminal place in Annibale’s earlier career, offering stunning evidence of his independent mind and daring approach to art. Born in Bologna, Annibale was one of the most revolutionary artists of the late Renaissance. He is often credited with having been one of the founders of Baroque art, together with Caravaggio. 
The lecture will explore the origins and significance of The Butcher’s Shop from multiple angles. Dickerson will set the painting in art-historical context by analyzing the tradition of butcher’s shop paintings in northern Italy. He will also investigate the extraordinarily direct quality of the painting, the many ways Annibale has been true to the realities of being a butcher in Bologna at the time, and where such a butcher’s shop likely stood in the city.
Prior to the Kimbell, Dickerson was the assistant curator of Renaissance and Baroque art at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where he wrote a dissertation on aspects of sculpture in Rome before and during the time of Bernini.  In 2009–10, he co-curated the exhibition From the Private Collections of Texas: European Art, Ancient to Modern.        

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