Location: Visitor Center Theater
Part of: Lectures and Talks
6:30-7:30 pm Lecture in the Visitor Center Theater
Join Hillwood’s inaugural curatorial fellow to learn about his research into the museum’s collection in a richly illustrated lecture. The magnificent French and Russian decorative arts and luxury goods in Hillwood’s collection are linked by more than just the interest of founder Marjorie Post. The Russian court appreciated the richness of French luxury goods from the times of Peter the Great to the Revolution. Despite the growth of Russian luxury production in the 19th century, Russian elites continued to be enthralled by France’s newest and most fashionable creations. Post herself noted “as the influence of French artists and artisans was very strong in old Saint Petersburg and Moscow, it seems quite natural that these [French and Russian] artistic expressions should be brought together [at Hillwood….]”
About the Speaker
Dr. Wilfried Zeisler, a recent graduate from the Sorbonne University, Paris, France, is a scholar of French and Russian art. His dissertation was titled “The purchases of French “objets d’art” by the Russian Court, 1881-1917.” Zeisler has worked as a research lecturer at the Ecole du Louvre and Sorbonne University in Paris, France. In March 2013, he became Hillwood’s first curatorial fellow, embarking on a three month research project on the museum’s Franco-Russian collection. Zeisler’s forthcoming book French "objets d’art" and luxury goods in Russia (1881-1917) will be published in French later this year.