Madison Art Society to Host Zoom Lecture

The Madison Art Society is sponsoring a Zoom art lecture by Courtney Skipton Long, Ph.D, Acting Assistant Curator, Prints and Drawings at Yale Center for British Art, on Friday, August 21 at 10AM. In the lecture, “An English Landscape Revealed: John Constable and the Poetry of Paint,” Long will examine the life and artistic practice of one of England’s most celebrated landscape painters, John Constable (1776-1837). The Zoom art lecture is free and open to the public. Unlike his contemporary, J.M.W. Turner, Constable was not a prodigy. He labored to acquire technical proficiency, spending years in art classes before being elected as a full member of the Royal Academy at age 52. Never traveling beyond his home country, Constable has been recognized as the local boy who transformed landscape painting, winning medals in France and admirers around the world. Dr. Courtney Skipton Long is a historian of art and architecture. A Connecticut native, Long received her B.A. in the History of Art and Medieval Studies from Mount Holyoke College and her Masters’ and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Her doctoral thesis focused on Medieval English architectural history and its Victorian reception. Long has held curatorial and research internships at Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge, MA), the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London); and the Florence Griswold Museum (Old Lyme, CT). In 2016, she was the Zvi Grunberg Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bruce Museum (Greenwich, CT), which was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Art Collections at the Yale Center for British Art. Currently, Long is the acting Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Center where she oversees the largest collection of British works on paper housed outside of the UK; a collection that was generously donated to Yale by Paul Mellon and that includes several masterworks by Constable.

To register for the Zoom lecture, please contact To learn more about the free Zoom lecture and about upcoming Madison Art Society events, please visit

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