On February 12th the Allen Memorial Art Museum debuted its latest acquisition in the East Gallery. After much research done by Andria Derstine, the Museum’s Curator of European Art, and Stephanie Wiles, the Museum’s Director, the Allen purchased Allegory of the Education of Louis XV by François Boucher. Completed in 1756, this work is painted using only shades of black, white, and grey—called a grisaille. Though Boucher frequently used grisailles as compositional studies for larger color works, he created this piece as a study for a number of engravings revolving around the life of King Louis XV. This purchase was made possible by the R.T. Miller, Jr. Fund, the Museum Friends of Art Fund, and the Ripin Art Purchase Fund. It currently remains on display on the South wall in the East Gallery above the fireplace.
On April 8th at 2:30 pm please join Andria Derstine who will be giving a lecture on this magnificent new acquisition as part of the museum’s Tuesday Tea series.