Art Renaissance Lectures

Thursday, November 8, 2018 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Art of World War 1

Boccioni, Charge of Lancers, 1915

As far as we can fathom history, wars have challenged or destroyed the lives of countless human beings, along with many of their most valuable accomplishments in art in architecture. The extreme situations wars create, exacerbating human spirit—the best and the worst—, have inspired both writers and artists. The Illiad, one of the oldest poems we know, relates the Trojan war. WW I is no exception, many books have been written, including the famous All quiet on the western front by German author Erich-Maria Remarque. As we commemorate this month the Centennial of the armistice that ended WW I, we’ll explore the art it generated, often very evocative.

Presentation & Slide Shows by Michel Sarda

Before moving to the United States, Sarda served as Urban Planner for the small city of Verdun in the north of France, where within eight months in 1916 one million soldiers died.

Limited space available.

Please call to reserve your seat.

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) at 602.262.4727

 


Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

From Greco to Goya
Two centuries of Spanish art

El Greco, Vision of John — the Fifth Seal, 1614

A country with a long, rich and diverse history, Spain has been blessed with monarchs who also were dedicated art patrons, if not always the best rulers for their people. The collections they accumulated can now be seen at the Prado in Madrid, one of the world’s great museums. These kings welcomed innovative artists such as Greco in painting, Scarlatti or Boccherini in music. This presentation focuses on three representative painters, El Greco, Velasquez and Goya — each with a personality and a visual language of their own that influenced to this day the artists coming after them.

Presentation & Slide Shows by Michel Sarda

Limited space available.

Please call to reserve your seat.

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) at 602.262.4727