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History and Mystery: Discoveries in the NCMA British Collection 

When: Aug. 6-March 19 2017



Unless you happen to have a strong working knowledge of the cultural intricacies of Elizabethan and Jacobean aristocratic portraiture, this lecture is an indispensible keyhole into History and Mystery: Discoveries in the NCMA British Collection. Opening Aug. 6, the free exhibit is centered on nine rarely exhibited portraits from about 1580 to 1620, which have been the subjects of a research project by NCMA staff and regional university students. Who are the sitters; who painted them; what is hidden under past restoration efforts? In the lecture, NCMA associate conservator Perry Hurt illuminates these findings and others in a discussion that will encompass court fashion, witchcraft, chivalry, and colonialism, followed by a guided tour of the exhibit at 3 p.m. It's the first time in four decades that NCMA has curated an exhibit from its British holdings—oh, and by the way, if you simply don't care about pictures of random rich people in ruffs, the show also includes portraits by famous names from Anthony van Dyck to William Beechey. NCMA is building the mystery through March 19. —Brian Howe

NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART, RALEIGH2 p.m., free, www.ncartmuseum.org

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