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    A fascinating and highly entertaining look at one of the most important families of the Renaissance era--the Medici.
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    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.

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Nighttime: Between The Covers - A Special Series At La Crescenta Libary

Caravaggio - Supper at Emmaus - 1506 - Oil on Canvas - Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan
Nighttime: Between the Covers
3 Visual Presentations – 90 minutes per session
Monday evenings – 6:30-8:00 pm - June 11th, 18th and 25th

In this highly entertaining art historical journey, we’ll be looking at Nighttime: Between the Covers! In Session 1, we’ll explore nighttime scenes as they’ve been portrayed by such artists as Remington, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Friedrich, Van Gogh, Constable, Turner, O’Keeffe and others. In Session 2, our focus will be on books--from the exquisite illuminated manuscripts of the medieval-renaissance era--to the beautiful handmade art books of today. We’ll also look at masterworks that feature books in them--because a private library was a sign of prestige and achievement. Session 3 will find us exploring bedrooms and other intimate interiors--as rendered by such great masters as Jan van Eyck, Vermeer, Tiepolo, Boucher, Fragonard, Mengs, Goya, Delacroix, and Munch--among others.

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March 21st - "Finding the Past in the Present" at the Burbank Art Association

I will be speaking at the March 21st Meeting of the Burbank Art Association with a presentation entitled  "Finding the Past in the Present":

The artists of the Modern Era were determined to shake off the dust of the Renaissance—and the canons of classical approaches that had “ruled” them for over 400 years. It is perhaps ironic that many of the primary resources for the Moderns came from the Medievals! Modern Art draws heavily upon medieval art—in its approaches to color, line, surface imagery, abstraction and subject matter. In addition, art forms invented in the Middle Ages—such as woodcuts, wood carvings, and everyday items elevated to the status of art—were revived during the Modern period. We will explore the influence of medieval art on Modern Art—to identify medieval modernism, with all of its character and innovation. Modern artists examined will include (but not be limited to) Romare Bearden, Francis Bacon, Henri Matisse, Emil Nolde, Marc Chagall, Georges Rouault, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.

The Presentation begins at 7:30 PM, 301 E. Olive Ave, Rm. 102, Burbank, CA. Park and enter at the rear of the building. Guests are welcome! Members are admitted for free--guests are asked to pay a $3 fee.


Starting March 12 - "Women in Art" at Carter Sexton

Georgia O’Keeffe, Blue and Green Music, 1921, Oil on canvas

Check out my 5-week Art History class at Carter Sexton Artists Materials, "Women in Art: As Subject Matter and as Artists.

5 sessions – Mondays - 2:00-4:00 PM - March 12th - April 9th

Join us as we explore the extraordinary contributions of women to art! Women artists have existed since the dawn of time. hasn't always been easy for us! We'll examine significant women artists in this program and will also look at how women have been portrayed in art over time. Artists such as Nun Guda, Artemisia Gentileschi, Berthe Morisot, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe, Kathe Kollwitz, Augusta Savage, Tamara de Lempicka, and Judy Chicago are just a few of MANY artists we'll investigate in this fun program.

The Schedule - Thursdays - 2:00-4:00 PM

  • March 12 - Session 1: Women in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
  • March 19 - Session 2: Women in the Renaissance, Mannerism and the Baroque
  • March 26 - Session 3: Women in the 18th Century and Beyond
  • April  2 -  Session 4: Women in the 19th Century Avant-garde and Beyond
  • April  9 - Session 5:   Women in the 20th and 21st Centuries
$15 per session - $60 if you Register for the Entire Series at Once. Click here to Register Now OR Call  1-818-763-5050. Space is limited