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Enduring Themes in Western Art (Part III)

4 Session Afternoon Course

4 sessions from November 30 to December 21, 2022
Code: 1H0736
This online program is presented on Zoom.
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Le Baiser by Auguste Rodin, 1881–1882 version

Across the centuries, there are major themes in the history of art that continue to appear and reappear. How to portray love, create a still life, and use perspective are a few notable examples artists have interpreted in styles ranging from naturalistic to surreal.

In this course, art historian Joseph Cassar examines important masterworks within selected genres and offers a new way to understand and appreciate the similarities—and the uniqueness—among artists and the cultural norms that influenced their choices.

November 30  Love

Artists represented the theme of love in all its complexity. Discover the hidden meanings in some art works. Artists discussed include Giotto, Caravaggio, Canova, Rodin, Tolouse-Lautrec, and Robert Indiana.

December 7  Perspective  

Explore how perspective has been used as an independent motif in such works as Pool in the Garden, Egypt, 1400 B.C.; Villa of Publius Fannius, Pompeii, mid first century B.C.; and by artists including Massaccio; Richard Diebenkorn, and Richard Estes.

December 14  Still-Life

A session that focuses on defining still-life paintings as a genre includes discussions of Still-Life with Glass Bowl and Fruit, Pompeii, 63 B.C.E.; Caravaggio; Paul Cezanne; Vincent van Gogh; Georges Braque; and Morton Wayne.

December 21  Light and Shade

Light and shade has long been a subject in Western art. The session highlights works by artists including Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Georges de la Tour, Vermeer, Monet, Giorgio de Chirico, and Edward Hopper.

4 sessions

World Art History Certificate core course: Earn 1 credit*

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