Art History Lectures

As the teacher for two of the three Art Field Trips classes offered by Howard Community College here in Maryland, I’ve had the privilege of accompanying many wonderful people to museums in the Washington/ Baltimore area every Friday of the academic year for the last 21 years. I’ve learned so much from the numerous exhibitions we’ve seen and I’ve made many dear friends.

When all colleges closed due to the covid19 pandemic, I began a series of 6 Zoom lectures for my classes. What I had thought would be a casual review of already existing slide shows with just a few people in attendance turned out to be full blown art history lectures with incredible participation.

The college semester is now over, but due to popular demand (really, no kidding!) I’ve decided to continue over the summer. The upcoming lectures will focus on special topics as opposed to an overview of art historical periods. All lectures will be visually rich and intellectually stimulating, and you will leave with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the art discussed.

Lectures will be on Friday mornings. Each lecture will begin promptly at 10:00 and will last about an hour and 15 minutes followed by a short question and answer period at the end. The Zoom meeting will open 15 minutes early, at 9:45, in order for people to visit with friends on Zoom, work out problems with their technology, and basically settle in. All participants will be muted at 10:00 and latecomers are welcome but asked to mute themselves upon joining.

Finally, there will be a question and discussion board here on the website. I will answer your questions in the most timely manner possible.

Schedule for lectures: May 29-July 31 (Watch May 22 lecture for free!)

You can register for any or all of the entire series at any time.  If you're interested in a lecture that has already taken place, it will be available to you immediately upon purchase.  All purchased lectures will be permanently stored in the "downloads" section on your account page for viewing at your convenience.


May 22

Standards of Excellence: Dutch Genre Painting in the Golden Age

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May 29

Baroque Sculpture and Architecture in Italy: Bernini, Borromini and Algardi in Counter Reformation Rome

June 5

Artist on the Run: Caravaggio in Malta, Sicily and Naples

June 12

Vermeer and his Contemporaries:  Genre Painting in the Dutch Golden Age

June 19

Looking at Ourselves:  The Many Faces of Portraiture in the 15th through the 17th Centuries

June 26

Rembrandt: Master of Light

July 3

Dutch Still Life of the Golden Age

July 10

Looking at Ourselves:  The Many Faces of Portraiture, Part II

July 17

Fruit, Flowers, Music and Book:  Dutch Still Life of the Golden Age, Part II

July 24

Diego Velasquez:  Las Meninas and Other Paintings at the Spanish Court

July 31

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres: Rebirth of Raphael in the 19th Century

* Topics without REGISTER buttons are subject to change with advance notice.  Dates, however, are firm and will not change.