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Hieronymus Bosch: Heaven and Hell
Full of fantastic imagery and dense symbolism, the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch create a one-of-kind world that continues to fascinate—and perplex—across the centuries. Art historian Aneta Georgevskia-Shine offers a guide to his life and his haunting works. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Christmas with the First Ladies: Decking the Halls at the White House
Spend an afternoon with professional decorator and author Coleen Christian Burke as she covers the traditions of White House holiday decorating, brings you behind the scenes as the seasonal transformation takes place, and shares how modern first ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama have lent their distinctive styles and creativity to guiding the seasonal themes.
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Architectural Splendors: Fifth Avenue Palaces and Long Island Retreats
Architect, author, and historian Gary Lawrance offers a look at these now-vanished wonders of residential architecture, their breathtaking interiors, the people who built them, and the changing face of New York City and Long Island from 1870 to 1930. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Holiday Charms in Fairmount Park: Philadelphia’s Historic 18th-Century Neighborhood
All-Day Tour
Three of the splendid “Charms” of Fairmount Park open their doors for a holiday-season guided tour, offering an intimate look at the lives of well-to-do Philadelphians of the Revolutionary period and the evolution of domestic architecture and interiors as the Federal era began.
Friday, December 16, 2016 - 7:30 AM
Temples, Monuments, and Tombs: Exploring Egypt’s Ancient Treasures
Egyptologist Bob Brier examines Egypt's spectacular historic sites from the Giza Plateau to the Philae Temple—some of which still hold their secrets after thousands of years. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, January 7, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Designed to Impress: Residential Interiors and Landscapes of the Gilded Age
Heidi Nasstrom of the Smithsonian’s MA program in the History of Decorative Arts
highlights the design of opulent houses and gardens in New York, Newport, and the Hamptons that served as highly public statements of their owners’ wealth and status.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Changing Ideals of Physical Beauty in Art: The Mystique of the Chic Physique
From prehistoric times onward, art has reflected, chronicled, and shaped constantly changing standards of what we consider beautiful in the human form. Art historian Janetta Rebold Benton traces what these depiction of men and women—both clothed and not—reveal about the periods in which they were created. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 9:30 AM
An Artful Weekend in New York: MOMA, the Met, and the Neue Gallery
Overnight Tour
Explore the work of three widely differing 20th century European artists—Gustave Klimt, Francis Picaba, and Max Beckmann—an art-filled weekend in Manhattan. The overnight getaway gives you plenty of time to take in several of the most intriguing exhibits at three cultural powerhouses—and enjoy a night at one of the city’s legendary hotels. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 8:30 AM
Kyoto: Japan’s Cultural Capital
Kyoto has long been one of Japan’s most innovative centers of arts and culture. Art historian Yui Suzuki of the University of Maryland, College Park, guides a day devoted to Kyoto’s artistic, architectural, and cultural treasures and the timeless creative spirit that gives this tradition-rich city its vibrant character. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 9:30 AM
African Art Through the Centuries
4-Session Evening Course
Art historian Kevin Tervala examines the political, social, religious, and economic forces that influenced the form and the spirit of African art from Stone Age cave paintings to contemporary expressions. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Edvard Munch and Jasper Johns: A Study in Influences at the VMFA
All-Day Tour
When Jasper Johns made a mid-career shift in the style and subject matter of his art, he found inspiration in an unlikely source: Edvard Munch. Trace the results of that influence on a guided visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’s exhibition Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life.
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 8:30 AM
A Day at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum
What began in the late Renaissance with the collections of rare and manmade objects assembled by various members of the House of Habsburg evolved into Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine considers the great museum’s evolution and some of the masterworks housed within it. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 9:30 AM
The Art of Gandhara: Where India Met Greece
4-Session Daytime Course
Spreading among neighboring India, Persia, and the Greco-Roman world, the kingdoms of Gandhara produced artwork that blends influences and ideas from many cultures, reaching its peak in the first through fifth centuries. Art historian Robert DeCaroli examines the origins of the region’s material culture, explores how imperial and religious power were displayed, and traces the role of trade in the exchange of ideas. (World History Art Certificate core course: Earn 1 credit)
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 12:00 PM
Science as Art: The Beauty of Botanical Illustration
In collaboration with Smithsonian Libraries’ Biological Heritage Library, Alice Tangerini, a scientific illustrator at the Natural History Museum, leads an afternoon focused on the fascinating mix of art and science behind the practice of botanical illustration.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 2:00 PM
Reading Portraits: An Introduction to the Genre
The painted face has seduced, intrigued, and engrossed us for centuries. Art historian Aneta Georgievska Shine examines the ways that seminal portraits in the Western tradition reflect the sensibilities of their artists and the social and cultural ideals of the period in which they are created. (World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 6:45 PM
New York City in the Gilded Age: A Cultural History
The grand story of late 19th-century New York’s burgeoning wealth and emerging national dominance has its darker parallel in the world of its tenements and sweatshops. From Fifth Avenue’s Millionaire’s Row to the Lower East Side, George Scheper of Johns Hopkins University surveys the panorama of a city as it creates the foundations of its modern identity.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Understanding Modern Art: From Picasso to Pop
The radical innovations made by European and American painters and sculptors between 1900 and 1965 forever altered the way we think about visual art. Art historian Nancy G. Heller presents a 2-session overview of the major creators, movements, and works of this seminal period, offering a focus on their broader socio-political and aesthetic contexts. (World Art History certificate core course:  Earn 1 credit.)
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Cultural Heritage Under Attack: Ancient Crimes, Modern Targets
From the sacking of the Acropolis in the fifth century BC to the destruction of ancient monuments in the contemporary Middle East, conflicts, greed, and natural forces often put the cultural heritage of nations at risk. Archaeologist  Frederick Winter moderates a panel that explores how professionals in a variety of fields are working to secure important sites from looters, document unique monuments, and protect buildings from threats such as earthquakes, rising seas, and mass tourism.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 6:45 PM
The Philadelphia Flower Show
All-Day Tour
The 2017 edition of the world’s largest indoor flower exhibition—all 10 colorful acres of it—salutes the Netherlands with the theme Holland: Flowering the World. The legendary show is the perfect place for gardeners and flower enthusiasts to spend a day filled with beauty.
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Traveling on the Danube: River of History
Over its storied history, the Danube River has played a critical role as the long-standing frontier of the Roman Empire, a highway for goods, the route of emperors and kings, and a vital source of water for 20 million people. Art historian Ursula Rehn Wolfmann travels through time to explore some of the most historic and beautiful places along its shores.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00 AM