Lectures


ART IN THE MAKING LECTURE

Baroque Painting In Flanders & Spain

THURSDAY, September 17, 2020    5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Self-Portrait, by Peter Paul Rubens, 1623

The one northern artist to come most directly into contact with the Roman artists, Annibale Carraci and Caravaggio was Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640). Returning to Antwerp, he had acquired such skill in handling brush and color, figures and drapery, and in arranging large-scale compositions, that he had no rival north of the Alps. His art showed magic skill in making anything alive; intensely and joyfully alive. 

[read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]On one of his trips to Spain, Rubens met the young Velazquez (1599-1640), the court painter to King Philip IV in Madrid. Rubens suggested he travel to Italy to study the originals of Caravaggio and other masters. Velazquez’s mature work shows the effects of brushwork and harmony of color and he relies on our imagination to supplant what he has left out of his paintings. For these, effects, the Impressionist painters admired Velazquez above all painters of the past. 

Finally, we will glance at El Greco (1541-1614), known for his elongated figures in cool colors, expressing his intense religious feeling.  Because of his emotionalism and abstraction, he is a precursor to Expressionism and Cubism.  Comparing these three artists, through PowerPoint and commentary, we will refer to the earlier presentation on the Carracci and Caravaggio.Presentation and Slide Show by Eleanor Sypher, PhD

Eleanor Sypher, who holds a Ph.D. in Greek and Roman civilizations from Columbia University, offers presentations in art and architecture at Shemer Art Center, at ASU, and at the Scottsdale Art Center.

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


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ART IN THE MAKING LECTURE

Baroque Sculpture & Architecture in Europe in the 17th & 18th Centuries

THURSDAY, October 29, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Self-Portrait, by Bernini, ca. 1623

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) created in Rome the highly dramatic Baroque style of sculpture, with his sure and sensitive hand, alert to the texture of skin and hair, fleeting facial expressions and novel sense of light and shadow. 

Many of his greatest works as an architect are related to St. Peter’s Basilica, in Rome: the greatest colonnade in the piazza in front of the Basilica; and inside, the Baldachin (the sculpted bronze canopy over the tomb of St. Peter) and the Cathedra Petri (Throne of St. Peter).

[read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]At his death, he was considered Europe’s greatest artist and his influence extended widely from Rome throughout Europe and even to South America and Cuba. 

We will emphasize his famous monuments and glance at those of his imitators. 

Presentation and Slide Show by Eleanor Sypher, PhD

Eleanor Sypher, who holds a Ph.D. in Greek and Roman civilizations from Columbia University, offers presentations in art and architecture at Shemer Art Center, at ASU, and at the Scottsdale Art Center.

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


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ART IN THE MAKING LECTURE

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)

THURSDAY, November 19, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Self-Portrait, by Rembrandt, 1658

A generation younger than Rubens and seven years younger than Velasquez, Rembrandt of Amsterdam has left an intimate record of his life in self-portraits, and we feel we know him well, from the time of the fashionable success in his youth to his lonely and bankrupt old age. In all his work he possesses an uncanny knowledge of human feelings and of human reaction which he expresses in dark tones. He was a superb painter as well as a master of etching. Like Caravaggio, he valued truth and sincerity above harmony and beauty; and, as a result, his early popularity decreased as his work became more profound. 

[read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]The figure of Rembrandt is so important in all branches of Dutch art, that no other artist of the period can bear comparison with him. 

Presentation and Slide Show by Eleanor Sypher, PhD

Eleanor Sypher, who holds a Ph.D. in Greek and Roman civilizations from Columbia University, offers presentations in art and architecture at Shemer Art Center, at ASU, and at the Scottsdale Art Center.

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


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ART IN THE MAKING LECTURE

Dutch Baroque Painting in this Golden Age of Dutch Power and Prosperity:
Frans Hals and Jan Vermeer

THURSDAY, January 21, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Hals, The Laughing Cavalier, 1627, oil on canvas, Wallace Collection, London

Fans Hals (1582/83-1666) of Haarlem developed his skills exclusively as a portraitist, with flowing and sure brushwork, capturing momentary expressions and poses which reveal the character of the sitter. His loose brushwork predicts that of Impressionism and his posthumous students include both Courbet and Manet.

[read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]The paintings of Jan Vermeer (1632-1675) of Delft are really still lives with people, solitary or in groups. He shows complete precision in the rendering of textures, colors, and shapes in serene and beautiful images of domestic life. Among his imitators are Chardin, Picasso, and Dali.

Presentation and Slide Show by Eleanor Sypher, PhD

Eleanor Sypher, who holds a Ph.D. in Greek and Roman civilizations from Columbia University, offers presentations in art and architecture at Shemer Art Center, at ASU, and at the Scottsdale Art Center.

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

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