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Past Event: 7/29/2021

Virtual Exploration of
Jean-Louis David's "The Death of Marat"
Featuring Paul Glenshaw, Art+History

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Great art comes from real people living real lives. In his popular Art+History series,  Paul Glenshaw brings his audience though space and time to revisit vibrant moments in history when iconic works were created, whether it’s Second Empire Paris, Boston in the American Revolution, or medieval Calais. 

The immersive presentations are more like live documentaries than lectures. They're designed especially for the online experience, with extensive use of Google Earth seamlessly integrated with archival maps, images, and dramatic footage to put the viewer right in the action. 

Thursday, July 29th, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT


The Death of Marat by Jean-Louis David

Why was journalist and politician Jean-Paul Marat assassinated in his bathtub in 1793? Why would a young woman from an impoverished noble family work her way into his home and kill him? How did Marat rise to prominence in the Revolution? Why did David choose to create the painting?


We’ll explore the intersections of these lives in the tumult of the French Revolution, and the lasting appeal of this extraordinary painting.

From online reviews:


“What a wonderful way to learn about art and history!” 

“I can't wait to be part of another of Paul's presentations because they really make me feel I am a part of what is happening!”

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Meet Our Speaker:

Paul Glenshaw's lifelong passions over several disciplines all fuel the same goal: storytelling. In addition to being an instructor and lecturer for the Smithsonian Associates, Paul is co-director, writer, and producer of the just completed documentary The Lafayette Escadrille. He is a frequent contributor to the Smithsonian’s Air & Space magazine, and recent drawing projects include work with the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Museum of Health and Medicine. He is also a writer and producer for the theater, radio, museum exhibits, interactive media, and STEM education. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

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