Do you love art and reading? The Members Book Club is the perfect forum to discuss exciting literature related to the art world in a fun and relaxed environment.
The Members Book Club meets quarterly in the Museum’s Richardson Memorial Library on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, unless otherwise noted. Each session includes a short introduction by a guest speaker followed by small group discussions led by library staff. Light refreshments are served. Book Club attendees may register for a single session or the entire year. Each session is $10 per person and is limited to Museum Members only. Register now for one or more sessions.
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2014 Book Club Schedule
At the King's Pleasure
In November, we’ll head to Tudor England for At the King’s Pleasure, a historical novel based on the life of Lady Ann Stafford, a member of Henry VIII’s royal court. History remembers Lady Anne as the woman who cheated on her husband with both King Henry VIII and his companion, Sir William Compton. Lady Anne was indeed in love with two men at the same time….but the king wasn’t one of them. Lady Anne’s complex and heart-wrenching romantic relationships are at the core of this riveting tale, which has a connection to our own collection: a portrait of Anne Stafford was acquired by the Museum in 2003. For these sessions of the Book Club, Judy Mann, curator of European art to 1800, will join us to divulge the interesting story behind the 16th-century portrait.
By Kate Emerson
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 pm
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 am Session Closed
The Boston Raphael
By Belinda Rathbone
Saturday, January 24, 10:30 am (one date only)
The 2015 Book Club kicks off with a visit from biographer and historian Belinda Rathbone. Rathbone’s most recent work, The Boston Raphael: A Mysterious Painting, an Embattled Museum in an Era of Change, and a Daughter’s Search for Truth, investigates the controversy surrounding the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s 1969 acquisition of a painting attributed to Raphael by the museum’s then director, Perry Rathbone, the author’s father and the Saint Louis Art Museum’s own director from 1940 to 1955.
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