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The Artistry of William Lanson’s Portrait by Ricardo Gutiérrezat New Haven Museum




Photo: RicArtDesign 

 

New Haven, Conn. (April 1, 2024) – The New Haven Museum (NHM) will offer a demonstration and exploration of art and history with artist Ricardo Gutiérrez, “From Canvas to Legacy: The Artistry of William Lanson's Portrait,” on April 11, 2024, at 6 p.m., preceded by a reception by Jack’s Steakhouse at 5:30 p.m.Register here. The free presentation will relate to the work Gutiérrez donated to the museum, “King Lanson, 2022.”

 

Gutiérrez will highlight the processes behind the creation of his portrait of Lanson, a 19th-century New Haven civic leader, entrepreneur and engineer who was elected Black governor in New Haven in 1825, and whose monument in the Elm City was dedicated in 2020. “Lanson’s story is one of resilience, ingenuity, and determination in the face of adversity, and it serves as a poignant reminder of the power of individuals to effect change and inspire others,” Gutiérrez says.

 

Visitors will discover the historical context and significance of Lanson's life, his enduring impact on New Haven, and the importance of preserving his legacy for future generations. In a convergence of art and history, the artist will also share insights into his vision, techniques, and the profound significance of portraying Lanson's legacy on canvas. From initial sketches to the final strokes, Gutierrez will discuss the transformation of raw materials into a timeless work of art that honors the life and contributions of Lanson. “I hope that this work sparks curiosity, dialogue, and reflection about Lanson's life and contributions,” says Gutiérrez, “ And that it serves as a lasting tribute to Lanson and a beacon of inspiration for generations to come.”

 

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