The Great Thinkers: Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton: Escape to Sicily - 92Y, New York

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The Great Thinkers

Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton: Escape to Sicily

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.


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Janetta Rebold Benton

Janetta Rebold Benton is the Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University, NY. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Scholar Awards: In 2018 she was visiting professor in the graduate school of Art History, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China; in 2012 she was visiting professor in the graduate school of Art History, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia. Dr. Benton regularly presents subscription seminars at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, since 1988. She also presented subscription lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, every season 1988-2011, and has lectured at The Cloisters, NYC; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach; the Schimmel Center for the Arts, NYC; 92nd Street Y, NYC, and elsewhere in America and abroad, including the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia and the Louvre, Paris, France. She serves as the Expert Lecturer on many Smithsonian Journeys and Metropo ...

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