The Farnsworth Art Museum will present a gallery talk titled Dr. Syn: A Portrait of Andrew Wyeth Thursday, May 18, at 1 p.m. The talk will be led by Leith MacDonald, on staff at the museum’s Wyeth Study Center, and will take place in the museum’s auditorium and Wyeth Study Center gallery.

Who is Dr. Syn? And what is his relationship to Andrew Wyeth’s 1981 self-portrait of the same name? The painting “Dr. Syn” was given as a birthday gift from the artist to his wife and is full of references to Wyeth's love of history, fantasy and rebellion.

MacDonald will attempt to interpret these references, combining a study of Wyeth’s preparatory drawings and watercolors; and the painting itself. Participants will look at the events leading up to its creation and explore the layered connections between the objects depicted in “Dr. Syn” and Wyeth's life. A brief slideshow will be followed by an informal discussion in the gallery where the exhibition “Andrew Wyeth: Dr. Syn” is on view through Sept. 9.

This program is free with museum admission. For more information, visit

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