Lectures

Art Renaissance Lectures

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

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Art in the Making Lectures

Thursday, November 7, 2019

5:30 – 7:00 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.  

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

5:30 – 7:00 p.m

BAROQUE PAINTING IN FLANDERS & SPAIN


Self-Portrait, by Peter Paul Rubens 

The one northern artist to come most directly into contact with the Roman artists, Annibale Carracci 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 a magic skill in making anything alive; intensely and joyfully alive.

On one of his trips to Spain, Rubens met the young Velasquez (1599-1660), the court painter to King Philip IV in Madrid. Rubens suggested he travel to Italy to study the originals of Caravaggio and other masters. Velasquez’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 Velasquez above all of the painters of the past. 

We will compare these two artists, using PowerPoint with commentary and referring back to the earlier presentation on Carracci and Caravaggio.

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.  

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

5:30 – 7:00 p.m

EROS/CUPID – HIS LIFE & TIMES

Eros Stringing His Bow, 2nd c. CE Roman copy of a Greek original by Lysippos (4th c. BCE)

In this lecture, we will consider the changing nature of Eros/Cupid. The Greek Eros evolves from the generative force of desire at the beginning of creation into a younger winged boy (lovers are flighty). But he is always the God of Love, attentive to male and female beauty, and often blinded, since love is irrational. The sting of his arrows tortures lovers. In a late Roman myth, Cupid is a young man fatally in love with Psyche (the soul). The medieval faiths of Islam and Christianity turn cupids into winged angels, and Renaissance artists depict the putti as angelic toddlers who are messengers halfway between the human and the divine. 

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, March 19, 2020

5:30 – 7:00 p.m

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)

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. 

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 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, April 16, 2020

5:30 – 7:00 p.m

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

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).

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 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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