Four courses of free public evening lectures on art are to be given this winter, the aim being to add to the historical treatment of art the finished treatment of professional experts. The lecturers will be Messrs. Edwin H. Blashfield, artist and master of decorative art in its highest sense; Thomas Hastings, of the firm of Carrere and Hastings, architects, who are designers-among other large building-of the hotels at St. Augustine, Florida; F. Hopkinson Smith, a noted illustrator for the magazines, and Professor John C. Van Dyke, the art critic and lecturer, of Rutgers College.
Mr. Blashfield's lectures begin at once, the first one coming this evening in Boylston Hall. His subjects are as follows:
Dec. 12.- 1. The importance of studying the Renaissance.
Dec. 13.- 2. The city of the Renaissance, its pictorial conditions, and their relation to ours.
Dec. 14.- 3. The decorative painting of the Renaissance and its bearing upon modern decoration. 1250-1500.
Dec. 19.- 4. The decorative painting of the Renaissance and its bearing upon modern decoration. 1450-1588.
Dec. 20.- 5. Municipal Art; and our opportunity in America.
Mr. Hastings' subjects are: (1) The relation of life to style in Architecture; (2) How and where to begin a design; (3) The Orders in Composition: (4) Elevations and how to compose them; (5) Detail, Ornament and Decoration.
Mr. F. Hopkinson Smith's subjects in clude (1) Illustrative Art; (2) Outdoor Sketching; (3) Processes in Black and White,-Charcoal, wash, and oil; (4) Composition; (5) The Quality of the Picturesque; (6) Art Fads.
Professor Van Dyke will give six lectures on Renaissance Painting in Italy, including the Early Renaissance,-the Florentines, and the Umbrians, Bolognese and Paduans: The High Renaissance-the great Florentines, and Leonardo da Venci, Andre del Sarto, Corregia; and on The Early Venetians and the Great Venetians.
The precise date of these lectures will be announced from time to time in the University Calendar. The lectures will be grouped so that each lecturer will cover his ground within a fortnight. It is of interest to know that these lectures are provided by the generosity of Mr. James A. Garland, the well-known New York banker, whose gifts of gems to the Harvard Museum have already made him one of the University's benefactors.