Art in the Making Lectures

Thursday, February 21, 2019

5 – 6:30 p.m

The Early Italian Renaissance
1450 – 1500

Portrait of Federico da Montefeltro and his Wife Battista Sforza by Piero della Francesca, 1465-66, Uffizi

Inspired by the founding fathers of the Renaissance (Brunelleschi, Donatello, and Masaccio), learn how the artists of this period “awaken” and expand their repertoire to include classical mythological and architectural motifs, portraits, and historical scenes, as they move away from religious images.  These artists include Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca, and Uccello.

Also we will touch on the mercantile Italian city states, the explorations of the new world of the Americas by Amerigo Vespucci and Giovanni Verrazzano, the social status of the artist, the Medicis– Cosimo I and Lorenzo the Magnificent, humanism, Savonarola’s bonfire of the vanities and patronage.

Presentation and slide show by Eleanor Sypher, PhD

Eleanor Sypher is the former Executive Director of The van Ameringen Foundation in New York.  She holds a doctorate degree in Greek and Latin from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Art History from Smith College.  Prior to joining The van Ameringen Foundation Eleanor taught Greek, Latin, English and Mythology at private high schools in New York.  She was also a founder of The Bronx Charter School for Children (K-5th grade), located in Bronx, New York.  

       A $10 contribution is requested to attend the presentation and enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.




SHEMER ART CENTER
5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix 85018
Information & Reservation (required) | 602.262.4727


Thursday, March 21, 2019

5 – 6:30 p.m

The Italian Renaissance
1500 – 1550

Madonna of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci, 1483-1506, oil on panel, transferred to canvas, Louvre, Paris

The 1500s in Italy were a time of riches in Rome and the Papacy, and in Venice, Mantua and Florence.  Patrons with a discriminating “eye” began to recognize great artists, and there was a desire for self-promotion among the rulers of these cities, all of which led to astonishing, artistic output.

The artists elevated during this time period included Leonardo da Vinci-(the most wide-ranging genius in the history of Western art), Michelangelo (a premier painter, sculptor, and architect), and Raphael, whose paintings epitomized what has come to be known as the High Renaissance Style.

In 1527, the sack of Rome, carried out by the mutinous (and largely Protestant), unpaid troops of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, left the city devastated, gutted, and impoverished. As a result of this frenzied pillage, the Roman Renaissance came to an end.

Presentation and slide show by Eleanor Sypher, PhD

Eleanor Sypher is the former Executive Director of The van Ameringen Foundation in New York.  She holds a doctorate degree in Greek and Latin from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Art History from Smith College.  Prior to joining The van Ameringen Foundation Eleanor taught Greek, Latin, English and Mythology at private high schools in New York.  She was also a founder of The Bronx Charter School for Children (K-5th grade), located in Bronx, New York.  

A $10 contribution is requested to attend the presentation and enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.




SHEMER ART CENTER
5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix 85018
Information & Reservation (required) | 602.262.4727


Thursday, April 18, 2019

5 – 6:30 p.m

The Late Italian Renaissance
1550 – 1600

Self-Portrait by Titian, 1562-64, oil on canvas, Staatliche Museen, Berlin

In the final decades of the 16th century, Titian dominated painting in Venice and Northern Italy through his influence on Tintoretto and Veronese and the Carraccis.  Even after his death, he continued to influence many, including the great masters Rubens and Velasquez.

The architect Palladio, through his classicizing villas in Northern Italy and the publication of his Four Books of Architecture (1570), assured his fame and revival throughout Europe, especially in Britain.

In response to the rise of Protestantism, The Counter-Reformation of the Catholic Church (1545-1648), intended to preserve Catholic doctrine. It proclaimed that painting and sculpture should convey Catholic theology.   The Baroque Style, beginning in Rome ca. 1600, follows Renaissance Style and lasts until the mid-1700s, after which the Catholic Church encouraged this style’s flamboyance as a counter to the austerity of Protestant churches.

Presentation and slide show by Eleanor Sypher, PhD

Eleanor Sypher is the former Executive Director of The van Ameringen Foundation in New York.  She holds a doctorate degree in Greek and Latin from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Art History from Smith College.  Prior to joining The van Ameringen Foundation Eleanor taught Greek, Latin, English and Mythology at private high schools in New York.  She was also a founder of The Bronx Charter School for Children (K-5th grade), located in Bronx, New York.  

A $10 contribution is requested to attend the presentation and enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.




SHEMER ART CENTER
5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix 85018
Information & Reservation (required) | 602.262.4727