Escape to the Middle Ages - 92Y, New York

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Escape to the Middle Ages

Online Class
Notre Dame Cathedral
This program is taking place remotely. If you have signed up, you will receive an email with details of how to access the program.
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Based on Dr. Benton’s books, Art of the Middle Ages and Medieval Mischief: Wit and Humor in the Art of the Middle Ages, immerse yourself in the beauty of the art and architecture of the Middle Ages with Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD during these two online lectures.

Each lecture concludes with a rhymed summary and questions for the audience to discuss.

12-1 pm: Highlights of the Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages: Romanesque and Gothic Eras

Dr. Rebold Benton will highlight the finest works of architecture, sculpture, painting, stained glass, and decorative arts created in Western Europe between the 11th and 14th centuries.

1:15-2:15 pm: Medieval Mischief: Wit and Humor in the Art of the Middle Ages

Because the visual arts in Western Europe were largely in the service of the Christian Church, humor may be unexpected. This lecture demonstrates that medieval art is not always serious and solemn, for while some images are visual puns, others instruct, and still others intend to offend!

Instructor

Janetta Rebold Benton

Janetta Rebold Benton is the Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University, NY. She is the recipient of a second Fulbright Scholar Award as visiting professor in the graduate school of Art History, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, 2018. Previously she received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award as visiting professor in the graduate school of Art History, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2012. Dr. Benton presents subscription seminars at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. She presented subscription lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, every season 1988-2011, and at the Schimmel Center for the Arts, NYC. She has also lectured at The Cloisters, NYC; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach; and elsewhere in America and abroad, including the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia and the Louvre, Paris, France. She is the Expert Lecturer on Smithsonian and Metropolitan Muse ...

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