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Event in the Library

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
5:00 p.m.
DiStefano Hall (Antone 128)

How I Spent My Cyber-Sabbatical with 4,617 Drawings by John La Farge

La Farge drawing
Dr. James L. Yarnall, professor of art history in the Department of Art cataloged over 4,500 drawings by the important American nineteenth-century artist John La Farge. The Yale University Art Gallery owns 94 sketchbooks containing over 4,500 drawings by the important American nineteenth-century artist John La Farge. Anticipating public online access to the sketchbooks, Yale University photographed each page in 2012 with a high-resolution digital camera. This permitted a digitally based cyber-sabbatical that exploited Dr. Yarnall's massive scholarship files housed in Newport. This presentation illustrates the project and includes examination of some of the sketchbooks on Yale University's web site.

Dr. James L. Yarnall

Dr. James L. Yarnall

For the past three decades James L. Yarnall has been a leading authority on John La Farge. At the University of Chicago, he wrote both an M.A. thesis and a Ph.D. dissertation on different aspects of La Farge's work. Between 1982 and 2003, he worked closely with the La Farge family on the catalogue raisonné of La Farge's work in all media. His publications on La Farge include dozens of articles and four monographs.