This program is taking place remotely. If you have signed up, you will receive an email with details of how to access the program.
Sicily’s art and architecture mirror its history as a kaleidoscope of cultures, ranging from stark Greek temples, through dazzling Roman and Arab-Norman mosaics, to Baroque opulence, and charming Romantic revivals.
Travel vicariously with art historian Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD to see the highlights of aesthetic eclecticism and cultural combinations on this island of sun and stone!
Fri, Oct 9: Eternal Crossroads of the Mediterranean Pt. I
Antiquity: Greek Temples at Agrigento; the search for ideal proportions using mathematical ratios; 4th-century Roman mosaics at the villa near Piazza Armerina reveal a lifestyle of colorful pleasures.
Middle Ages: The well-preserved medieval town of Erice; celebrated 12th-century Arab-Norman mosaics of the Palatine Chapel in Palermo; cathedrals, mosaics, and cloisters of Cefalù and Monreale all remain without equal.
Fri, Oct 16: Eternal Crossroads of the Mediterranean Pt. II
Renaissance to Baroque: Early Renaissance painter Antonello da Messina and Baroque painter Caravaggio; a white stucco oratory in Palermo; curious combinations of cultures in Siracusa and Palermo; dramatic Baroque churches in Modica and Ragusa Ibla.
18th and 19th-century luxury living: Bizarre decoration at the “Villa of the Monsters” in Bagheria; Chinese-inspired Palazzina Cinese outside Palermo; classic and Gothic revival at Castello di Donnafugata near Ragusa; Palermo’s eclectic Villa Whitaker.
This program will take place from 12-2:15 pm.