ArtHistory Fall 2018

Shaping Art History:
How Art Historians & Critics Have Informed the Way We Look at Art

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Thursdays, October 11 – November 15, 2018

All lectures will be at the Triton Museum of Art, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Fee: $85 TMA members, $105 general admission
($20 drop-in fee per lecture)

Why do we favor one style of art as the voice of a time period over another? Who determines what the public favors? Is it by design of individuals, or does the public exercise some kind of collective response to new images, new styles, and new ideas?

Please join Deputy Director Preston Metcalf as he introduces us to some of the most influential preference-makers in the history of art. We will meet six individuals — art historians and critics — who helped shaped the way we saw the art in their day, and how we see it now. And, as we have come to expect from Preston’s lectures, we will encounter more than a few quirky personalities, unexpected trivia, and stories that become a pattern of the larger story … the story of us!

Art History - Spring 2017

Week 1 – Giorgio Vasari: The First Art Historian
October 11

He was the first Art Historian. His biographies of artists — some of whom he knew personally, such as Michelangelo, Raphael, and others — ushered in a new status for the creators of images: the artist as celebrity.

Art History - Spring 2017

Week 2 – John Ruskin: Looking Back and Ahead
October 18

From the Pre-Raphaelites to Turner, Art in the Victorian Age was very much influenced by the most respected historian, critic, and connoisseur of his age, John Ruskin. His art advocacy not only determined public opinion, but helped sway political and social values as well.

Art History - Spring 2017

Week 3 – Abbott Suger and the Celestial Light
October 25

In a time of social upheaval, economic hardship, and in the wake of the so-called “Dark Ages,” one man, a French Abbot named Suger, would change everything with his lofty ideals of Heaven on Earth. The soaring magnificence of the Gothic era and art still bear testament to his visions of celestial light.

Art History - Spring 2017

Week 4 – Xie Hei and 15 Centuries of Painting in China
November 01

For more than 15 centuries, Chinese painting operated under an unchanging set of rules and guidelines, all set down in the early 6th Century by Xie Hei, perhaps the most influential art critic and art mentor you never heard of.

Art History - Spring 2017

Week 5 – The Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II and the Making of the Renaissance
November 08

Frederick II was born to the purple, but when he set his sights on assuming the role of Holy Roman Emperor, he looked back to the great empire of history, the ancient Roman Empire. In so doing, he made the medieval obsolete, and ushered in one of the most culturally creative epochs in history: the Renaissance.

Art History - Spring 2017

Week 6 – Guillaume Apollinaire: Champion of the New
November 15

As one of the foremost poets, playwrights, novelists, and art critics of his day, Guillaume Apollinaire exercised great influence in recognizing the most inventive and groundbreaking artists of the 20th Century. Cubism, Dadaism, and Surrealism all owe their ensuing popularity to this poet with a voice.

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