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Return to Wonder: Artists Confront the Darkness

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Return to Wonder: Artists Confront the Darkness

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Monday, February 26, 2024 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0802
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Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge by Claude Monet

This disenchantment of modern times is often reflected in art, with grim images and subject matter that mire the spirit in darkness. But artists of other eras chose to confront the dark side of their world with the compelling force of wonder despite the inequality, poverty, and violence that surrounded their cultures.  

Art historian Liz Lev highlights how these artists wrestled with their own catastrophic times to instill hope and spark amazement. Through examples of immersive art from Western Europe including the mosaics of Ravenna, Giotto’s fresco cycle in Padua, Bernini’s Altar of the Chair, and Monet’s Waterlilies series, Lev examines how artists of different eras have responded to adversity by highlighting the extraordinary. Works that reflect the transcendent power of wonder, flawless craftsmanship, and the uplifting strength of artistic genius have helped people navigate dark times by drawing them out of themselves to understand another great truth: There is beauty in the world and in humanity­—and it is worth striving for.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.