Instructor: Benjamin C. Tilghman
Thursday, June 15, 11 am-12:30 pm
Cost per class: $24 Members, $29 Non-Members
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Representing Reality in the 19th Century – What, in the end, should an artist depict in their work? How can they best represent the world around them? We will see how these questions fired the minds of Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet, and Gustave Caillebotte, among others.
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.