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Art History Lectures

Presented by Eleanor Sypher, PhD

Eleanor holds a doctorate degree in Greek and Roman civilizations from Columbia University. Join us for these educational lectures, presented with wit and humour!

Italian Renaissance Art

1500 – 1550

Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, ca. 1511, fresco, Sistine Chapel, Vatican


This lecture will look at the explosively creative times of the Italian Renaissance. This period of history was marked by the invention of the printing press, and the four popes who were astonishingly perceptive patrons of the arts.   The lecture will cover the work and lives of High Renaissance artists, including  Bramante, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael, and their successors, the Mannerists: Parmigianino and Pontormo. 


Thursday, October 19, 2023

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

  •  October 19, 2023
     5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Titian and the High Renaissance

in the Republic of Venice, 15th and 16th Centuries

Titian, Bacchus and Ariadne, 1522-25, oil on canvas,

National Gallery, London


This lecture will begin with a quick exploration of Venice in the 15th and 16th centuries and of Jacopo d’Antonio Sansovino, the architect who renewed the city of Venice. 

A discussion will follow of the flourishing artists’ colony, which included artists like Antonello da Messina, Gentile and Giovanni Bellini, and Giorgione.  In the Venetian school, Titian stands out by himself.  But the lecture will not neglect his legacy and successors,  Tintoretto and Veronese.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

  •  October 19, 2023
     5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

A $15 contribution is requested to attend these presentations and enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.