Lectures

ART IN THE MAKING LECTURES:

Early Baroque Painting In Italy

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

David with the Head of Goliath, Caravaggio, 1609-1610

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.

[read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]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 RENAISSANCE LECTURES:

STATE of the ARTS
An Impossible Debate

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Skull, Basquiat, 1981

At the turn of the 20th century, young artists including Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Duchamp, and others, built on the legacy of the two previous generations (Turner, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, etc.) to break away even further from accepted conventions. With Stravinsky’s music, Matisse’s “fauvism” and then Picasso “cubist” period, what we call “Modern Art” was born.

[read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]The important change was the statement-soon to become the Surrealist “manifesto”-that artists, listening to their inner feelings and using whatever esoteric language they deem appropriate, are the only ones qualified to decide what art is. The meaning of art and its interaction with society has since drifted into abstract notions or are rejected altogether by many. Humorist Art Buchwald wrote: “If it sells, it’s art” – recognizing that the monetary value of art, easily manipulated by the media and showed speculation, has become valid criteria of appreciation. Hence a disconnect with the public.

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.[/read]


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ART IN THE MAKING LECTURES:

Eros/Cupid – His Life and Times

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

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.

[read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]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 RENAISSANCE LECTURES:

Art Photography
A Personal Experience

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Salome’s Seven-Veils Dance, Michel Sarda, 2005

Several loyal followers of my presentations at the Shemer have asked me to introduce my own art photography work to conclude my contributions to this vibrant art center. As an architect, I have been dealing with art and artists my entire active life. Photography has always been part of my creative process – from documenting building sites to models, etc. – to the point that my office included a small darkroom (that was before everything went digital).

[read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]After releasing “coffee table” books in the Phoenix area, then books of portraits commemorating the new Millennium, my interest focused on the capture of movement. A book on the art of the sculptor John Waddell and our long-lasting friendship also initiated series entitled Spirit of Form. Several shows in art galleries and at the West Valley Museum helped me sharpen personal vision. The past ten years saw the release of books about movement and dance in their relation to color.

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.[/read]


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ART IN THE MAKING LECTURES:

Baroque Painting In Flanders & Spain

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 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 LECTURES:

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)

THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 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 LECTURES:

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

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 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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