Instructor: Benjamin C. Tilghman
Thursday, June 8, 11 am-12:30 pm
Cost per class: $24 Members, $29 Non-Members
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Virtuosity and Theatricality in the 17th Century – Keen intellects, extraordinary technical skills, and a deep love for the dramatic moment distinguish much of the art of this century. Even as we appreciate the distinctive visions of such masters as Johannes Vermeer, Artemisia Gentileschi, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, we can also see deeper shared interests beneath the surface.
The history of art is long and vast, and it can be hard to know how to start exploring it. This series will look at four important periods in the history of Western art while also explaining some of the tools art historians use to better understand historical art. By tracing the developments of different genres such as landscape, history painting, and self-portraiture, we can also develop our skills of perceiving changes in style, iconography, and social context that shaped how works of art were made and seen.
June 1: Inventing “Art” in the Renaissance
June 8: Virtuosity and Theatricality in the 17th Century
June 15: Representing Reality in the 19th Century
June 22: Modernism: New Art for a New Age
Four Week Series Cost: $90 Members, $100 Non-members
Benjamin C. Tilghman is associate professor and chair of Art + Art History at Washington College and a member of the Material Collective, a collaborative working group of art historians that explores innovative and more humane modes of scholarship. A specialist in Medieval, Renaissance, and Islamic art, he previously worked at the Walters Art Museum and is currently chair of Chestertown’s Public Arts Committee.