When: Mondays, Oct 26 – Nov 16, 9:30-11:30am

Where: The Hampton Inn

Cost: $115.00 for 4 session(s)


Instructor: is a writer and art historian who has worked in the art field for over 30 years. She received her M.A. from George Washington University and is the former curator at the University of Arizona Museum of Art

The most famous paintings in history have been the subject of endless research. We’ll look at each of four masterpieces through the lenses of culture, history, biography, science, math, music, and myth. Classes will be a mix of lecture, video, film clip, music, book excerpts and lots of images. And most importantly, your own observations about art and life!

Week 1: Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa or La Gioconda
Mona Lisa is arguably the most famous painting in the world. But surprisingly, scholars disagree about many of its most basic facts, including who the sitter is, when it was completed, and why it was commissioned. We’ll examine the options, explore the confusion, and look at two other intriguing versions. And along the way we’ll try to figure out why the world is obsessed with it!

Week 2: Hans Holbein the Younger, The Ambassadors
The Ambassadors is a tour-de-force of symbolism that speaks to the political and cultural turmoil of the 16th century. We’ll look at the world that created it, and explore its most mysterious object – an elongated skull that can only be seen from one position. How and why did Holbein include it? And could this painting also be the first known homosexual marriage portrait?

Week 3: Agnolo Bronzino, Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time or An Allegory with Venus and Cupid
Bronzino’s Allegory is one of the best known and least understood paintings in the world. We’ll explore its possible meanings while discussing Mannerism as an art movement that predominated Italy in the 16th century. Along the way we’ll look at classical geometry and its use in Renaissance-era works, and have some fun with possible modern interpretations of the painting.

Week 4: Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World
Andrew Wyeth is one of the best-known artists of the 20th century, and Christina’s World is his most famous work. The painting is both a painting of a specific time and place and an image that resonates emotionally with viewers who know nothing about it. We’ll use the painting to look at Roland Barthes’ concepts of studium and punctum. But Wyeth is a controversial artist who walks the fine line between commercialism and fine art. We’ll look at where that line is, but more importantly why that line exists – and whether or not it’s legitimate.

Loading Map....

Register for Secrets of Four Masterpieces of Art

Online registration has been closed for this class. Please call (520) 777-5817 for availability.