Dr. Julia Sienkewicz, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts: Visions of Virginia: Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s Immigrant Watercolors”

Dr. Julia Sienkewicz, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts: Visions of Virginia: Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s Immigrant Watercolors”

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Dr. Julia Sienkewicz, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts: “Visions of Virginia: Benjamin Henry Latrobe's Immigrant Watercolors"

This talk, drawn from Dr. Sienkewicz's forthcoming book Epic Landscapes: Benjamin Henry Latrobe and the Art of Watercolor, analyzes watercolors made by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, who later designed the US Capitol, during his first years in the United States. Produced between 1796 and 1799, during Latrobe's Virginian residence, these images assess the Virginian landscape. Through them, Latrobe remembers his European homeland, imagines his future self at home in the United States, and meditates over the social "convulsions" of the "Age of Revolutions" as he experienced it.