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Miami-Dade Public Library System presents Madame Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun: Protégée of Marie Antoinette and Portrait Painter of the Ancien Régime

A lecture by Juan P. Lluria in memory of Helen L. Kohen

Vigée Le Brun, Self-Portrait, 1781

Vigée Le Brun, Self-Portrait, 1781

(Miami, FL – February 4, 2016) The Miami-Dade Public Library System presents Madame Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun: Protégée of Marie Antoinette and Portrait Painter of the Ancien Régime, a lecture by Juan P. Lluria in memory of Helen L. Kohen at the Main Library Auditorium located at 101 West Flagler Street in Miami on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 6:30 ‑ 9 p.m.

Madame Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun was a popular French artist and portrait painter of Marie Antoinette and many other prominent socialites. Art historian, appraiser and lecturer Juan P. Lluria will detail some of the challenges Madame Le Brun faced as a woman in the arts in the 18th Century and present examples of her artwork and beautiful objects of her time.

Mr. Lluria has a long association with the Miami‑Dade Public Library System. For years he presented slide lectures featuring major political and ruling personalities of 18th Century France and the newly formed United States along with images of the objects and artworks of these times. Mr. Lluria was a great proponent of the work Helen L. Kohen did at the Library. He is also a donor to the Vasari Project. When Ms. Kohen passed away, he offered to give a lecture in her memory as a means to raise awareness for the Vasari Project.

About Helen L. Kohen
Helen L. Kohen, art historian, writer, art critic emerita of the Miami Herald, passionate supporter of the public library and the founding archivist of the Vasari Project, was an unwavering supporter of artists.

About the Vasari Project
The Vasari Project is a library collection dedicated to documenting, collecting and preserving Miami–Dade County's art history from 1945 to the present. The Vasari Project is a resource for ongoing research, scholarship, publications, artists' projects, exhibitions and events. The archive collects documentation, rather than original works of art, comprised primarily of printed matter: correspondence, press clippings, photographs, posters, books, exhibition catalogues, artists' files, oral histories and other ephemeral materials.

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System

The Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS), a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, serves as a community center and learning place where the Miami‑Dade community meets to exchange ideas, learn, share, and create. The Library strives to ensure that all residents, regardless of socioeconomics, will be enriched through access to materials, technology, art and culture and programs so that they may develop the skills they need to create and produce innovations for the 21st century. Through its 50 locations, bookmobiles, special services, website (www.mdpls.org) and MDPLS iLibrary app, the library proudly serves more than 7 million annual visitors. In the more than 40 years of serving the community, the MDPLS continues to experience tremendous change and growth, evolving with the technological needs and requirements of its diverse community.

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