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Friday, January 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM

A visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers a rare glimpse into a one-hidden world through rich and diverse objects from the Palace Museum in Beijing. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Art historian Robert DeCaroli explores the dynamic and far-reaching history of China’s art, examining a complex legacy in which social, religious, and political shifts gave rise to new and variant forms of material culture. (World Art History Certificate core course)

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Art historian Renee Gondek leads a survey of the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of the Paleolithic period, Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, and the Greek and Roman worlds, and investigates how these ancient material cultures are still reflected in our own. (World Art History Certificate core course)

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The interplay of natural elements produces a spare but eloquent beauty in karesansui gardens designed for calm and reflection. Landscape architect and writer Marc Peter Keane traces the origins, symbolism, and spiritual aspects of this Japanese gardening tradition that has been embraced the world over.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session one of a six-session course.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Like any language, art has its own vocabulary—one in which you discover more meaning and gratification as your fluency increases. Spend a day expanding your understanding of how art communicates, how to analyze and interpret it, and how to see in a cultural context. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:45 PM

There is no more magnificent portal to the capital than Washington’s Union Station, but even with a late-’80s facelift its Beaux-Arts beauty needs constant tending. Join representatives of the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation at the station to get an inside look at the current restoration project.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM

You’ve likely had her work in your hands—and on your cards and letters. Now meet art director Ethel Kessler, who designed more than 300 beautiful stamps for the US Postal Service, including the now-iconic Breast Cancer Awareness stamp.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Architecture and urban studies lecturer Bill Keene offers a portrait of a complex innovator whose life encompassed acclaim and triumph as well as scandal and tragedy. Tom Wright, the architect’s grandson, provides a look at the joys and challenges of living in and maintaining a Wright-designed house in Bethesda. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Art historian Lawrence Butler illuminates the history of England from the 7th to 14th centuries by examining treasures from a buried ship, the illuminated Lindsfarne Gospels, the Bayeux Tapestry, and majestic Canterbury Cathedral. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Part urban oasis and part time machine, the Metropolitan Museum’s Cloisters houses some of the world’s most stunning medieval objects and architecture. Art historian Judy Scott Feldman brings to life the era’s heart and soul as reflected in the masterpieces of this collection. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session two of a six-session course.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Spend a glorious day with art historian Linda Skalet as she explores the treasures within one of Paris’s most iconic museums. The d’Orsay’s collection—spanning neoclassicism and romanticism to impressionism, expressionism, and art nouveau design—captures the excitement of art in the early modern era. (A French-themed lunch is included.)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The art and architectural treasures of Croatia reflect centuries of cultural influences, with Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Ottomans all leaving their mark. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine examines the legacy of this history.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Production designer Deborah Riley is responsible for creating the stunning settings against which HBO’s saga of power, family, revenge and romance plays out. Learn how she and a small army of craftsmen give the series its distinctive visual style.

Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 9:30 AM

In a richly illustrated seminar, art historian Bonita Billman traces the hallmarks and features of Palladio’s enduring classical-inspired architecture, from the magnificent villas he created in Renaissance Italy to the country houses and mansions that were built in his spirit by great British architects in the era of the European Grand Tour.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session three of a six-session course.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session four of a six-session course.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session five of a six-session course.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session six of a six-session course.

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