Lectures

Art Renaissance Lectures

Thursday, September 12, 2019

6:00 – 7:30 p.m

The Nude in Art

The Virtuvius Man, by Leonardo da Vinci, 1490

Sir Kenneth Clark, director of the National Gallery in London and author of the classic The Nude a study in ideal form, convincingly established the nude not only as a subject of art, but as an art form of its own. A favorite theme to countless masters, from ancient Greek sculptors to prominent artists of our time, the representation of the human form is at the core of our understanding of art – a quest for beauty and a celebration of the human spirit. This is perceived in various ways depending on local cultures, with sometimes fierce opposition like the one Michelangelo had to face for his Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel. Great art always has the final say, it stands at the top of our collective memory.

Presentation and Slide Show by Michel Sarda

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

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

6:00 – 7:30 p.m

Jean-Dominique Ingres

& Neo-Classicism in France

Self-Portrait at Age 24, by Jean-Dominique Ingres

Ingres studied with David, spent time at the French Academy in Rome, first as a student, later as the director – and became the undisputed champion of traditional painting for most of the 19th century. His close relation with Napolean’s entourage, then with prominent figures of the following regimes, make him an important witness of history, besides arguably the best portrait painter of his time. Delacroix and the Romantics were everything he couldn’t stand. Later in life, he explored the “orientalist” themes to satisfy his interest in the nude female form.

Presentation and Slide Show by Michel Sarda

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

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

6:00 – 7:30 p.m

Eugene Delacroix

& Romanticism in France

Self-Portrait with Green Vest, by Eugene Delacroix

Delacroix is arguably one of the most influencial painters who ever lived. His choice of subjects, his superlative technique, his involvement in events and transformations of his time, his circle of talented friends (Chopin, Liszt), make him a towering figure among painters of all times.

Presentation and Slide Show by Michel Sarda

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

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Art in the Making Lectures

Thursday, October 17, 2019

5 – 6:30 p.m

TIZIANO VECELLI 

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

From 1516 until his death in 1576, Tiziano Vecelli or Tiziano Vecellio, known in English as Titian, was the undisputed master of Venetian painting. He is to color (colorito) what Michelangelo is to drawing and sculpture (disegno).

Titian’s complete mastery of oil painting in religious and mythological scenes and in portraits resulted in the 1530s almost exclusive private comissions from royalty- the Emporer Charles V and his son Philip II; and from the Pope, Paul III.

This lecture will survey his splendid paintings and introduce examples of those by his followers, Veronese and Tintoretto, and address his later influence on Rubens and Velasquez.

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.




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Thursday, November 7, 2019

5 – 6:30 p.m

EARLY BAROQUE PAINTING IN ITALY

Following Renaissance Art and Mannerism comes Baroque Art, which was favored by the Catholic Church since it was a counter to the simplicity and austerity of Protestant Art. It is over the top in its drama, love of detail, deep color and shadow. The word baroque derives from the French noun for an irregular or flawed pearl.

We will concentrate on the Italian master, Caravaggio (1571-1610), a hot-tempered, street-wise murderer and outlaw, who speaks to us directly about human suffering; and then glance at Ludovico Carracci (1555-1619) and his cousin Annibale Carracci.

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