VIDEO: Old Dominion Lecture Explores Darwin’s Diagram

December 16, 2019
Rachael Z. DeLue, the Christopher Binyon Sarofim ’86 Professor in American Art and Humanities Council's Old Dominion Research Professor (2019-20), addresses a packed audience on December 3, 2019.

Watch the video here.

In the second of four Old Dominion Public lectures, Rachael Z. DeLue (Art and Archaeology) took the audience on an exploration of scientific visual representation in the long 19th Century and set the scene for her in-depth look at the sole drawing in Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. She spoke about the complex tableau of the Andes by German scientist Alexander von Humboldt and the paintings of artists Howard Russell Butler and Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, contrasting them to the minimalist schematic representation by Darwin. Over 90 attendees filled 010 East Pyne on Tuesday, December 3 at 4:30 pm.

The next Old Dominion Public Lecture by Kevin M. Kruse (History) on “The Division: John Doar, the Justice Department, and the Civil Rights Movement” will be on Wednesday, February 12 in 010 East Pyne at 4:30 pm.

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