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Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Art historian Bonita Billman looks into the inspiration that places like Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, St. Remy, St. Tropez, and Nice provided for the brilliantly colored works produced by 19th and early-20th century painters.

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Escape to a serene and verdant oasis at the tip of modern Manhattan. A day at the Cloisters immerses you in the architectural and artistic glories of medieval Europe.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Art historian and jeweler Stefani Walker reviews the careers and artistic legacies of five creators whose names and workshops remain bywords for beauty, innovation, and elegance.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Some of Washington’s most significant landmarks are entrusted to the care of Stephen T. Ayers and the office of the Architect of the Capitol. Learn how an ambitious current project is restoring the Capitol Dome after years of damage and deterioration.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The ubiquitous Greek column may be Washington’s most familiar echo of an ancient civilization, but many corners of the city reflect a longstanding fascination with the art, artifacts, and architecture of Egypt. Alexander Nagel, a Freer Gallery curator, takes a look at our town’s aesthetic connection to the land of the pharaohs.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Architectural historian Bill Keene opens the doors to three examples of Wright’s organic domestic architecture on an overnight tour to the scenic Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 9:30 AM

From soaring Gothic cathedrals to the dramatic structures that define the modern London skyline, architecture has reflected England’s cultural, social, and political history. Art historian Janetta Rebold Benton leads a journey through centuries of cathedrals, palaces, manor houses, and skyscrapers.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Jane Shadel Spilman, a former curator at the Corning Museum of Glass, presents a virtual tour of some of northeastern France’s most important glass centers, looking at the cathedrals, palaces, museums, and studios where the glassmaker’s art shines brightest.

Friday, June 13, 2014 at 9:15 AM

More and more commercial, educational, and residential structures are turning often-neglected space into innovative green roofs. Get a close-up look at some area sites that reflect this growing trend when you spend a fascinating day several stories above street level with Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies, and architecture.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The energy and excitement of a new century ushered in defining eras for Europe’s leading capitals. George Scheper explores how the alignment of creative and historical forces shaped three highly distinctive urban milieus.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Curator Gloria Groom of the Art Institute of Chicago presents a new perspective on the Impressionists, revealing how these early avant-garde artists embraced fashion trends as they sought to capture modern life on canvas.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Visit two of the area’s most intriguing and significant private collections—from both the standpoints of art and architecture—when you spend the day exploring Glenstone in suburban Potomac and the Kreeger Museum in Upper Northwest Washington with art historian Ursula Wolfman.

Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM

At the crossroads of Mediterranean empires since antiquity, Sicily boasts a rich heritage of art and architecture. Art historian Lawrence E. Butler surveys works from some of its most vibrant periods: the Greek and Roman epochs, the Norman kingdom, and the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Willem de Kooning emerged from New York’s gritty and energetic art scene of the 1950s to become one of abstract expressionism’s more controversial and compelling painters. Art historian and author Judith Zilczer explores the boldness that marked his life and work.

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