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"The World of Renaissance Art" is the subject of Coe College's Thursday Forum in October

Lonnie Zingula, Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8613 or lzingula@coe.edu

2012-09-20 14:26:10 - General

Beginning Oct. 4, Assistant Professor of Art Andrea Kann examines the richness of Renaissance art in Italy and beyond. Traditionally, the study of Renaissance art begins with the rediscovery of the ancient world by artists and humanists, and focuses on Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael. This Thursday Forum will examine the works of these iconic Italian artists, but also expand the boundaries of the Renaissance to include a broader range of visual imagery across Europe from the 14th to the 16th centuries.

Forum attendees will explore Northern Europe, examining works by 15th-century artists like Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden. These artists exploited the new technology of oil painting, rendering visions of a world so real they could paint themselves into it.

Next, attendees will visit the Italian peninsula in the 14th and15th centuries, considering works by artists like Giotto and Donatello. From Florence to Padua, Kann investigates painting, sculpture and architecture in this period of rediscovery and innovation.

The third session visits 16th-century Italian Renaissance artists such as Leonardo and Michelangelo, and Mannerists like Parmigianino. Here ancient influences are assimilated, expanded, and even distorted to meet the needs of a rapidly changing society.

The final session returns to Northern Europe in the 16th century, considering artists like Dürer, Bruegel and Bosch. In this era, new developments in Italy travel north, while local visual traditions are sustained and adapted for new societal needs.

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with coffee and pastries from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. A luncheon is offered at the conclusion of each series.

The courses are open to all adults. The cost is $30 for a four-week course paid on the first day, or $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. Thursday Forum gift certificates are available. For more information about the Coe College Thursday Forum lecture series, call (319) 399-8619.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "The World of Renaissance Art" – Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
  • "Paul of Tarsus: The Man, the Myth, the Letters" – Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29
  • "The Wealth and Poverty of Nations" – Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31
  • "Women Nobel Peace Prize Laureates" – Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
  • "Contemporary Energy Issues" – March 7, 14, 21, 28
  • "Great American Film Directors of Hollywood's 'Golden Age'"– April 4, 11, 18, 25