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SciCafe-CSI: Museum, The Death of Marat as Art and Evidence

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6:30–7:30pm
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SciCafe St. Petersburg is an informal discussion series for adults created by Marine Exploration Center of St. Petersburg. Its purpose is to raise awareness and satisfy peoples’ curiosity about things scientific. The Dali Museum is a proud host of the 2017 evening series.

CSI: Museum, The Death of Marat as Art and Evidence
The Death of Marat is a painting by Jacques-Louis David of the murdered French revolutionary leader Jean-Paul Marat. As a work of art, it is one of the most famous images of the French revolution. It is also a crime scene rich in clues, forensic evidence and investigative leads. There is a suspect, Charlotte Corday, who had means and motive. But what traces were left behind to implicate or exonerate her in this murder? Dr. Clotilde Roth-Meyer Berry, an art historian educated at the School of the Louvre and the Sorbonne, and Dr. Max M. Houck, an internationally-recognized forensic expert, will present The Death of Marat as both art and evidence, placing the painting in its historical context and aesthetics as well as meticulously detailing the scene like a modern forensic mystery.

Cost: Free; RSVP by Monday, October 9 at 727-803-9799 ext. 101 or
Location: The Dali Museum, Raymond James Community Room
Doors open at 6pm, discussion begins at 6:30.

Rob Lorei, News Director WMNF 88.5 community radio


Poetry at The Dali-Helen Pruitt Wallace

Dr. Clotilde Roth-Meyer Berry graduated from the Ecole du Louvre in 1999. She received her PhD about Parisian Artists’ suppliers during the 19th Century in Art History with highest honors from the Sorbonne in 2004. Dr. Berry’s expertise and research foci include nineteenth century artists’ suppliers, the phenomenon of renting paintings, the marks and labels on nineteenth century French paintings, Monet’s colormen, the history of the names of colors and the painter and writer Jacques-Nicolas Paillot de Montabert (1771–1849).” In 2015, she received a Guest Scholar fellowship from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. While in residence at the Getty, she conducted research on the French painter Jehan-Georges Vibert (1840-1902) that was later published in the Getty Research Journal. She resides in St. Petersburg with her husband David and their two little boys.

Poetry at The Dali-Helen Pruitt Wallace

Dr. Max M. Houck is an international forensic expert with experience in the private sector, academia, local government, and worked at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory Division. He has worked as a forensic anthropologist, a trace evidence analyst, and a researcher. He was the Director of the Department of Forensic Sciences in Washington, D.C., managing the forensic science laboratory, the public health laboratory and crime scene sciences for the nation’s capital. Houck has worked on a number of mass casualty scenes, including the Branch Davidian Investigation and the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon. Houck has served on numerous committees, including for the National Academies of Science, NIST, Interpol, The Royal Society, the Director of the FBI and the White House. Houck is the Director of the Forensic Studies and Justice program at University of South Florida St. Petersburg.



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