French Visiting Scholar Lecture Series: Barthélémy Jobert (Professor of Modern & Contemporary Art, Sorbonne)

When and Where

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Paul Cadario Conference Centre
Croft Chapter House, University College
15 King's College Circle, Toronto, ON


Professor Barthélémy Jobert


The Department of Art History is pleased to present the next installment of our French Visiting Scholar Lecture Series, featuring Prof. Barthélémy Jobert of the Sorbonne's Faculté des lettres.

"Eugène Delacroix: AI and Digital Humanities"
When: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024 - 4:30pm
Where: Paul Cadario Conference Centre, University College


Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) is one of the most prominent XIXth century  art French personnalities, popular for universal paintings like Liberty leading the People. Known essentially as a painter, he was also a prolific writer. In recent years,Sorbonne university has developed various projects focused on him, mainly with the online publication of his correspondence (more than one thousand letters), and through opportunities like the restorations of some of his big murals, too often overshadowed, in Parisian churches or French national assemblies official buildings, and their various associated  commitees. With the help of  the scientific research teams of Sorbonne University, notably in physics, chemistry and AI, it has been possible to explore new ways of analysis and interpretation of Delacroix's work, both as a writer and as a painter and a painter-decorator. This talk will explore some precise examples, like the decoration of the Assemblée Nationale's Library, or the murals of Saint Sulpice Church, one of the most reknowned and discussed masterpiece of the artist, to show how digital humanities and AI may bring new perspectives in history of art's most classical approaches.


Barthélémy Jobert is professor of modern and contemporary art at Sorbonne university's Faculté des lettres. He was the President of Paris-Sorbonne University (2012-2017) and has presided since 2017 Sorbonne University Foundation. Specialist of Nineteenth Century Art, mainly French and British painting and print, and of European Romanticism, he is the author of a monography on Eugène Delacroix (Paris, Gallimard, Princeton, Princeton university Press, 1998, new, revised and augmented edition, 2018). He has curated various exhibitions on these subjects, like Le Trait romantique. Delacroix graveur et lithographe  at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (1998).

French Guest Lecture April 2024 Jobert Poster


Department of Art History