The European Art Society was established in 2001 to further awareness and appreciation of thirteenth-century to early twentieth-century painting, sculpture, and works on paper. The group is devoted to the continued growth and development of the Museum’s collection, and to educating its members about European art in general, and the Museum’s collection specifically. Regular European Art Society events include the annual dinner, when members vote for an acquisition for the permanent collection; sneak previews and curator-led tours of all European art exhibitions and gallery reinstallations; enlightening connoisseurship sessions with leading experts; lunchtime lectures; and domestic and international travel opportunities.
$500 per member
$250 per junior member (under 40)
Lunch and Learn & Sneak Peak of Spring Exhibition, Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863)
12-1 pm // Wednesday, December 4th // Members Room
Private Reception with BMA’s new Curator of European Art
Mid-January 2014, exact date TBD
Preview Delacroix and the Matter of Finish
February 20th, 2014, 5:00-6:00 pm
Birmingham Museum of Art
Tuesday, February 25, 12:00-1:00 pm, Members Room
Lunch & Learn "Painting Knowledge in Renaissance Europe."
Art History Professor at UAB, Noa Turel, Ph.D.
Drawing upon the BMA's panels of the Seven Liberal Arts and Seven Virtues, Prof. Turel will share some of the questions driving her second book project, Ingenious Secrets: Painting and Knowledge Making in Fifteenth-Century Europe.
Lunch & Learn with Curator of European Art, Robert Schindler, Ph.D.
“Solving A Mystery: The Ingenray Portrait in Detroit”
Wednesday, March 26, 12:00-1:00 pm, Members Room
Robert will share his most recent scholarship on an important, early 16th- century portrait in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, where he worked prior to joining the BMA. His presentation will demonstrate how archival research, connoisseurship, and a keen eye can drastically change our understanding of a work of art.
Save the Date for EAS Annual Dinner:
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Lunch and Learn: "Sano di Pietro and the Sienese Altarpiece Tradition" with Tim Smith, Prof. of Art History at Birmingham Southern College
Members learned about our Sienese Kress paintings from a specialist on Siena, Italy.
Travel Opportunity: Jackson, MS to view the exhibition Old Masters to Monet: Three Centuries of French Painting from the Wadsworth Atheneum
Jeannine O’Grody led a trip to view the exhibition Old Masters to Monet: Three Centuries of French Painting from the Wadsworth Atheneum at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Artists included Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Monet. On this quick, overnight trip,members traveled together by private coach, and also enjoyed a private collection of paintings and decorative arts, and fine dining.
Cocktails & Connoisseurship
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Armin Kunz, Director of C.G. Boerner, NY, held a connoisseurship session on Old Master prints and drawings, and provided insight into purchasing trends and developing a collection of your own.
10th Annual EAS Dinner
April 17, 2013
The European Art Society has more than 70 members whose dues support a purchase for the collection. At this exciting and festive annual dinner, a spirited voting takes place when members have an opportunity to voice their opinions and decide which of several works - brought in from all over the world – will be the next significant addition to the Museum’s collection.
This year the European Art Society made possible the acquisition of a painting by the distinguished French artist, Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña titled The Shepherd and his Flock, ca. 1860s. Diaz had a notable career as a landscape artist, and this richly painted mature canvas with its expressive brushwork and dramatic lighting explores the romantic power of nature. The atmospheric painting strategically deepens the BMA’s collection of mid-nineteenth-century landscapes, particularly in relation to our Corot masterpiece, as both artists were associated with the same school called the Barbizon painters, after the French village where they gathered. Come visit the two paintings hanging together in the Nineteenth-Century Gallery.
In celebration of the European Art Society’s 10th annual dinner, the group also paused to pay tribute to the Museum’s growing collection of Old Master paintings, sculpture, and works on paper, and the instrumental role that the EAS and its members have played in that growth.
Cocktails & Connoisseurship
March 28, 2013
Private home in Forest Park
Thomas Deans, of the eponymously named gallery in Atlanta, brought 18th-c. British drawings and watercolors for the group to view and discuss.
Lunch and Learn with Prof. Tanja Jones, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Alabama: "Ursula and Her Sisters: The Birmingham Museum's Female Saint (c. 1500) in Context"
February 19, 2012
Dr. Jones identified the museum's nearly life-sized polychrome wood sculpture of a Female Saint (c. 1500) with late medieval reliquaries dedicated to St. Ursula and the 11,000 virgins with whom, tradition held, she was martyred at Cologne. The Birmingham Female Saint is identified as a particularly fascinating example for representing a blend of full-sized sculpture and two reliquary types, the body-part reliquary and the worn reliquary pendant.
December 5, 2012
Curator Jeannine O’Grody and art historian Amanda Schedler led EAS members on a hunt for rarely seen prints and drawings in the Dutch, English, French, and 19th-century galleries. Afterward, members gatherd for lunch in the Café.
Library and Libations
October 4, 2012, in the Museum's Clarence B. Hanson, Jr. Library
EAS members enjoyed a sneak peek at how their 2009 EAS dinner vote transformed the Museum’s Clarence B. Hanson, Jr. Library. Librarian Tatum Preston and curator Jeannine O’Grody highlighted the library’s significant holdings on European art while everyone enjoyed wine and light snacks.
Lunch and Learn: Cooking and Eating in Renaissance Italy: From Kitchen to Table with Professor Katherine McIver
September 19, 2012
In this lively Lunch and learn, EAS members learned where people ate their meals and where and how meals were prepared in Renaissance Italy. Prof. McIver presened a picture of the dining experience, from food preparation to the final presentation.