The Mona Lisa and Beyond: Unlocking the Secrets of Western Art
Professor Tina Rivers Ryan / Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Formerly of Columbia University) – $89 for the 2 class series.
The two classes are each 90 minutes and presented live from 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET
Saturday, February 6: Part 1
Saturday, February 13: Part 2
A link for viewing will be sent to you 1 day before the first class.
Some artworks have become so famous that it is hard to actually see them—and not just because of the crowds. When standing in front of them, we tend to focus only on their fame: as we recall the many reproductions we have seen throughout our lifetime, we can only marvel that we are now standing in front of the “real deal” (which we document with a snapshot, of course!).
This Premium Course offers an in-depth guide to four of the most famous artworks ever made, focusing on what made them so famous in the first place. Although centuries old, these paintings continue to inspire artists and draw visitors to Europe’s greatest cities. Even if you don’t consider yourself an art lover, you can’t fully understand Western culture and its history without them.
Part 1) The first presentation will focus on two of the most beloved depictions of female beauty in Western art: Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, c. 1485 (Uffizi Gallery, Florence) and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, 1503 (Louvre Museum, Paris).
Part 2) The second presentation will focus on two of the most acclaimed representations of historical scenes in Western art: Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, 1495-8 (Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan) and Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas, 1656 (Prado Museum, Madrid).
The Course will be taught by art historian and curator Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan. Although she has been lecturing with One Day University for a decade, Dr. Ryan has never spoken before about these masterpieces—until now! The extended format of the Premium Course will allow her to give these paintings the attention they deserve, placing them into the context of each artist’s career and the larger history of art. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear her informative, accessible interpretations of these iconic works.