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The Great Cathedrals and Basilicas of Italy
Join Eric Denker, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, as he leads a lavishly illustrated daylong program that focuses on the churches of Venice, Rome, Siena, and Florence that represent some of Italy’s most exceptional repositories of ecclesiastical art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn
Morning Tour
Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the National Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments, including the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the neoclassical National Gallery to the sinuous modern curves of the American Indian Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Smithsonian Craft2Wear 10th Anniversary Preview Night
Get the first look at a curated collection of art to buy and wear. Special drawing to win $100 to spend at the show. Evening includes meeting artists, a runway fashion show, and refreshments.
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6:00 PM
2016 Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show Daily Admission
Save $2 and avoid lines by ordering your Daily Admission tickets in advance online. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Friends Night Out at the Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show
A special shopping experience for you and your friends. Meet the show's artists, sample signature drinks, and find your fabulous. Ticket includes October 7 show admission, one cocktail, light snacks, and more.
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 5:30 PM
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn
Morning Tour
Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the National Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments, including the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the neoclassical National Gallery to the sinuous modern curves of the American Indian Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Monday, October 10, 2016 - 10:00 AM
The Bayeux Tapestry and the Norman Conquest of England
Much has been written about the Norman Conquest of 1066, but nothing begins to compare with the telling of the story on the Bayeux Tapestry. Richard Abels discusses the fascinating history of this time and this special tapestry. 
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Light and Color in Art
When Isaac Newton’s work with prisms in the 1600s revealed the visible color spectrum, artists began to find ways to use contrasting and complementary colors in their work. Learn how artists over the centuries have manipulated light and color, enlisting their unique properties to create masterpieces. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Architecture on the Nation’s Front Lawn
Morning Tour
Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the National Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments, including the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the neoclassical National Gallery to the sinuous modern curves of the American Indian Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM
A Bold Beauty: Masters and Masterpieces of the Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical Periods
2-Session Course
Visual arts and architecture experienced an unprecedented flowering in the 17th and 18th centuries, reflecting a rapidly changing world. Focusing on major masters and pivotal works, art historian Karin Alexis places the period in an historical and cultural context, emphasizing artistic styles, aesthetics, and meaning. (World Art History certificate core course, 1 credit)
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 6:15 PM
Sacred Mosaics in Washington
All-Day Tour
From great cathedrals to monastery grounds, sacred sites throughout Washington, D.C., provide the setting for beautiful religious mosaic works in a wide range of styles. Mosaic artist and educator Bonnie Fitzgerald leads a tour that covers the city and mosaic art representing nearly 125 years of creation. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 8:30 AM
The Postal Museum Salutes New York City
In a special evening at the Postal Museum, take a curator-led look at the New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art exhibition, then enjoy light refreshments, as well as a chance to try your own hand at designing, collecting, and sending your own postal creations.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 6:30 PM
Seductive Paris: American Painters in the City of Light, 1855–1920
In the late 19th century, Paris beckoned young aspiring American painters like Whistler and Sargent. Art historian Bonita Billman highlights Paris’s ascension as the center of the art world, and the French masters who trained American artists and sent them home brimming with creative new ideas. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Jewelers of the Gilded Age: Tiffany and Cartier
Fine-jewelry designers such as Louis Comfort Tiffany and Louis-Francois Cartier rose to prominence by creating extravagant and elegant baubles for the moneyed denizens of the Gilded Age—and the generations that followed. Art historian Stefanie Walker provides a guide to their glittering legacies. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Sacred Signs: The Interwoven Symbolism of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
4-Session Evening Course
Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have shared origins and symbolism, and even adopted symbols and visual ideas from the pagan art that preceded them. Ori Soltes of Georgetown University’s Center for Jewish Civilization explores how the three Abrahamic faiths transformed or reinterpreted the meanings of common symbols to express their particularized sense of God. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Inside Blair House
Blair House has long been an elegant and welcoming setting for international diplomatic hospitality. Join curator Candace Shireman for an illustrated lecture in which she covers the intriguing history of “the president’s guest house” and highlights its recently restored interiors.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Matisse and Contemporary Art in Baltimore
All-Day Tour
Well-traveled, art-loving Etta and Claribel Cone of Baltimore amassed an extraordinary number of works by Matisse and other modern art pioneers. Visit the Baltimore Museum of Art to view the sisters’ extensive collection and a special exhibition on Matisse’s influence on painter Richard Diebenkornm, then get an inside look at current and future trends in contemporary art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Spanish Art and Architecture: A Treasury of Delights
Art historian Joseph Cassar examines how the art and architecture of Spain—as seen in the works of El Greco, Goya, Velazquez, Picasso, and Gaudi—offer a window into the influences that define the country's history and national identity. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Naples: History in a Crucible
Come on a virtual tour of one of the world’s most exciting and appealing cities, Naples, in the Campania region of Italy, guided by art historian Nigel McGilchrist. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Thursday, December 1, 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 2, 2016 - 7:30 AM
The Civilizations of the Andes: A Cultural Exploration
In a day-long seminar, survey the pre-Columbian civilizations that created the earliest cities of the Western hemisphere, stupendous monumental architecture, magnificently crafted artifacts, and one of the most extensive empires the world has known, the Inca. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo: Contrasts in Greatness
In a daylong program, art historian Nigel McGilchrist examines Leonardo and Michelangelo, towering geniuses of Western art, who shared an intense dislike for each other, but their fraught relationship spurred them—and their contemporaries—to new levels of artistic achievement. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 9:30 AM
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
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
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