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  • Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
    Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
    A fascinating and highly entertaining look at one of the most important families of the Renaissance era--the Medici.
  • Sister Wendy - The Complete Collection (Story of Painting / Grand Tour / Odyssey / Pains of Glass)
    Sister Wendy - The Complete Collection (Story of Painting / Grand Tour / Odyssey / Pains of Glass)

    “Sister Wendy Beckett has transformed public appreciation of art through her astonishing knowledge, insight and passion for painting and painters.” This set includes Sister Wendy's Story of Painting, Sister Wendy's Odyssey, and Sister Wendy's Grand Tour. Simultaneously delightful and scholarly--this is a must have for anyone interested in art history.

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
    Exit Through the Gift Shop
    When British stencil artist Banksy traveled to Los Angeles to work, he came across obscure French filmmaker Thierry Guetta and his badly organized collection of videotapes involving the activities of graffiti artists. Inspired, Banksy assembled them with new footage to create this talked-about documentary, and the result is a mind-boggling and odd film (so strange as to be thought a hoax by some) about outsider artists and the definition of art itself.
  • The Impressionists
    The Impressionists
    A dramatization of the Impressionist movement as seen through the eyes of Claude Monet. Highly entertaining and informative.
  • The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
    The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
    A very personal and revealing look at the personalities that created Impressionism.




“Repairing a $12 Million Monet After It Has Been Punched”

Claude Monet - ‘Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat’ - 1874 - oil on canvas - damaged (click photo for larger image)Claude Monet - ‘Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat’ - 1874 - oil on canvas - repaired (click photo for larger image)“On 29 June 2012, Andrew Shannon entered the National Gallery of Ireland and punched a hole through a Monet painting from 1874, valued at nearly $12 million. While Shannon was recently sentenced to 5 years in prison, the painstaking process of restoring the prized artwork took an arduous 18 months to complete.”

Read this fascinating article to find out just how much time, expertise, and expense goes into repair and restoration work.


Baptistery Mosaics in Florence

Mosaic on the vault - 1240-1300 - Mosaic - Baptistry, Florence (click photo for larger image)Mosaic on the vault (detail, Vault, Southeast section) - 1240-1300 - Mosaic - Baptistry, Florence (click photo for larger image)Florence’s octagonal baptistery is one of the most important creations of the so-called Tuscan proto-Renaissance, which is typified by marble exterior sheathing, a rich wall arrangement, and sculptural architectural decor based on structures from antiquity. The decoration of the baptistery's interior includes an extensive mosaic decor, undertaken in around 1240-50. The mosaics are arranged in six horizontal registers, the top two filled with ornamental motifs and single figures, the lower ones featuring complete scenes. Aside from the Last Judgment, the pictorial program consists of scenes from the life of St John the Baptist. Roughly sixty to seventy years were required to complete the vaulting mosaics. This long period explains the stylistic differences that can easily be seen in the mosaics, some of them significant. The representations offer insight into the popular style then current in Florence, a mixture of the local late Romanesque and an imported Byzantine revival. We don’t know precisely when the planning and execution of the mosaics were begun and when the work was completed. As for the artists working on the project, almost all the painters who were active in Florence in the period in question have been somewhat associated with the baptistery mosaics. The detail featured here presents, from the top to the bottom: principalities; the Creation (Lamech killing Cain, God appearing to Noah, building of the Ark); the story of Joseph (Pharaoh's dream, Joseph interpreting the dream, Joseph named viceroy of Egypt); the life of Christ (massacre of the Innocents, Last Supper, arrest; the story of John (John sends his followers to Jesus, who witness his miracles, Herod's feast).


Upcoming Presentation: Jacob Lawrence: Vivid, Stylized Realism

Jacob Lawrence - The Migration Series, Panel no. 19: There had always been discrimination., between 1940 and 1941, Casein tempera on hardboard 18 x 12 in.; 45.72 x 30.48 cm. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.What About Art? Director Jill Kiefer will be delivering a talk at the Center of Continuing Education (Mamaroneck), April 9, 2015,  9:30 – 11:30 AM.


American painter Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) moved to Harlem with his family at age 13. He developed his talent in art classes sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), in 1932, and became known for his uniquely stylized works portraying scenes of African American life and history.


Vibrant, striking colors contrasted with somber brown and black outlines and shadows imbued Lawrence’s work with a distinctive overtone. 

This presentation will focus on some of his best-known pieces, such as Life in Harlem (1942) and War (1947)—and, in particular, on his powerful Migration Series. Created when the artist was just 23 years old, this series of 60 small tempera paintings (with text captions) addresses the multi-decade mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North, which began around 1915.

All of the panels (which are not all owned by a single institution) will be reunited for the first time in 20 years at MoMA, beginning April 3, 2015.

You won’t want to miss this wonderful exhibition—or our program devoted to this highly significant artist! 

Register Today at or CALL 914-698-9126


Center of Continuing Education
Larchmont Temple
75 Larchmont Avenue, 
Larchmont,NY 10538 
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 For additional upcoming presentations by Jill Kiefer, click HERE...

The exhibit One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Works will run from April 3–September 7, 2015 at the MoMA

“Exceptional discovery of Rare Michelangelo Bronzes"

‘Bacchants Riding on Panthers', c.1506-08, Italy Bronze (on show at the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge to August 2015) Photo: The Fitzwilliam Museum Italian Renaissance (click photo for larger image)

“Two statues may be the only surviving bronze sculptures by Michelangelo, say experts at the Fitzwilliam Museum”

Read about it HERE...


An American Original

William Merritt Chase - Woman in White, 1910, oil on canvas, Indianapolis Museum of Art (click photo for larger image)American painter William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) settled in New York in 1878, after five years studying in Munich. He became the most important American teacher of his generation—teaching at the Art Students' League of New York and then at his own Chase School of Art, founded in 1896. The vigorous handling and fresh color characteristic of much of the best American painting of the early 20th century owes a good deal to his example. His pupils (whom he encouraged to paint in the open air) included Charles Demuth and Georgia O’Keefe. Chase was a prolific artist, with an output of more than 2000 paintings that include still lifes, portraits, interiors, and landscapes. Chase is also defined as an American Impressionist. That movement was inspired by earlier French Impressionism, but was much more structured and deliberate.