History of Art & Architecture

Art Appreciation
Palaces, cathedrals, monuments and pyramids that are considered works of art. Explore the relations between tradition and contemporary trends.

A Comparison of Gothic Cathedrals in Europe star
Chartres Cathedral in France, Salisbury Cathedral in England, and Siena Cathedral in Italy will be compared, relative to each country’s interpretation of the Gothic style.

Ancient Columns & Greek Revival Architecture star
Temples were built in ancient Greece using three orders of columns. Wanting to emulate this style, Thomas Jefferson was the architect of neo-classical buildings in the United States.

Napoleon and Famous Arches in Paris, France star
Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France (1804-1815) commissioned the building of arches in Paris to celebrate his military triumphs; however, one was moved and another had its sculpture replaced.

Review Camille Paglia 'Glittering Images' book star
Author Camille Paglia is a respected social critic who is also in academia. In her latest book 'Glittering Images' she discusses themes in Western Art. I will share chapters 1-4 by discussing art that has influenced our world.

Sculptor Bela L. Pratt – Boston Public Library star
Bela L. Pratt may not be a household name like Bella Swan, the character from the ‘Twilight’ series, but this Boston sculptor was an important artist during the early 20th century. I’ll discuss his accomplishments and acquaintances.

The Art & Architecture of Church Buildings star
Churches reflect the art and architecture of the era in which they were built. I'll discuss the house church as well as one of the world's most famous cathedrals.

The Dome in Environmental + Land Art star
The dome is a familiar architectural wonder: the US Capitol, and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. I’ll discuss the origin of the dome and its influence on one environmental/land artist.

The Inside Story of the Pyramids star[offsite link]
An online adventure presented by NOVA that describes the history, meaning, and science of the pyramids at Giza. You can actually experience a panoramic photographic view of the inside of a pyramid.

The Obelisk Remains Grounded in Art History star
Beginning with ancient Egypt, stone obelisks commemorated deaths and battles – some erected in pairs at entrances to temples. I'll discuss how some were 'taken' and brought elsewhere and those found here in USA.

The Pyramid as Public Art star
Ancient Egyptian pyramids are perhaps the first examples of permanent public art. I will discuss architect I.M. Pei and artists Christo & Jeanne Claude in relation to 'modernizing' the pyramid.

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