The Athenaeum presents various series of art and music lectures, including topics in classical music and jazz, visual art, art history, and architecture, with speakers from San Diego and beyond.
The Great Cathedrals of Europe with James Grebl, Ph.D.
Invidual Lecture: $14 member, $19 nonmember
The age of cathedrals began during the time of the emperor Constantine and flourished throughout the Middle Ages. The first talk will explore a variety of cathedrals ranging from the paleo-Christian through the Byzantine and Romanesque. Included are the great abbey of St. Michael at Hildesheim in Germany, the elegant cathedral of Pisa, Italy and the exotic basilica of San Marco in Venice, Italy.
The Gothic era saw the erection of soaring masterpieces of sculptural building featuring elegant arches, delicate spires, ornate tracery and glowing windows. From its origins at St. Denis to its perfection at Rheims, the French Gothic style will be examined in the second program, along with variants produced in other parts of Europe such as Salisbury, England; Cologne, Germany; and Milan, Italy.
The Eighteenth century saw Classical principles triumph over the frothy exuberance of the Rococo as well as the first stirrings of the modern world which ultimately culminated in the Twentieth century. From the wide range of available examples, the final lecture will include such diverse churches as the Madeleine in Paris, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Notre-Dame-du-Haut at Ronchamp, France, Coventry Cathedral in England, and the 21st century church of Dio Padre Misericordioso in Rome.
Art and Architecture Lectures: Dialogues in Art and Architecture, 22nd Season
Thursdays, January 30, March 13, April 10; 7:30 PM, free
Moderated by Robert Pincus
We will present three programs in 2014 featuring visiting and San Diego speakers whose artistic and intellectual investigations and professional experience provide meaningful discussion.
The series is coordinated by the Athenaeum with artist and environmental sculptor Joyce Cutler-Shaw. The program is co-sponsored by the San Diego New School of Architecture, as well as the San Diego Council of Design Professionals, the San Diego Architectural Foundation, and Public Address.
Thursday, January 30
Thursday, March 13
Thursday, April 10
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