Paris, known as the City of Light, has long exerted a powerful appeal as one of the world’s most important locations for art and culture. Join Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton, Distinguished Professor of Art History and a former resident of Paris, for a vicarious visit to her favorite city. Her richly illustrated presentations focus on the major artists and monuments of Paris from its earliest beginning until today.
Travel in time from the early years to the Middle Ages, into the Renaissance, then explore the Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassicism movements. A brief history of France and of Paris sets the stage. The great Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the delicate Sainte-Chapelle with walls of dazzling stained glass are justly acclaimed. Meet King Francois Ier, a dashing patron of the arts in sixteenth-century France. One of the greatest art museums of the world, the Louvre, also has one of the longest histories. Visit the Luxembourg Palace and gardens. Follow the change from the serious paintings of Charles Le Brun (Louis XIV said he was “the greatest French artist of all time”), to depictions of light-hearted romance in those of Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Important events in French history, as the Revolution, and people, as Napoleon, are documented in the paintings of Jacques-Louis David.
This program will run 12-2:30 pm and includes a short break with a light Parisian snack.