Art & Architecture

Art Appreciation
Palaces, cathedrals, monuments and pyramids that are considered works of art. Explore the relations between tradition and contemporary trends.

A Comparison of Gothic Cathedrals in Europe star
Chartres Cathedral in France, Salisbury Cathedral in England, and Siena Cathedral in Italy will be compared, relative to each country’s interpretation of the Gothic style.

Ancient Columns & Greek Revival Architecture star
Temples were built in ancient Greece using three orders of columns. Wanting to emulate this style, Thomas Jefferson was the architect of neo-classical buildings in the United States.

Architecture - Hagia Sophia Construction Flaw star
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul was constructed 1,500 years ago, then reconstructed twice more. I’ll discuss its construction flaw (albeit eco-friendly) which other structures share – sometimes becoming problematic.

Bridges in Art star
An engineering marvel that spans bodies of water, bridges connect us to distant shores. Artists have seen bridges as the subject or an accessory in the landscape. I will discuss the artist’s fascination.

Classical Architecture in Art star
Artists from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and beyond would be influenced by and incorporated Greco-Roman architecture in their work. I will discuss.

Glass and Art star
Glass is an indispensable component of art. Used in architecture, as an art form, or protecting great works in museums, I will discuss its significance.

Industrial Materials Used in Art star
From architecture, to interiors, to sculpture, artists have used industrial components exclusively or in combination with new or found materials. I will discuss examples of stylish and functional works of art.

Napoleon and Famous Arches in Paris, France star
Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France (1804-1815) commissioned the building of arches in Paris to celebrate his military triumphs; however, one was moved and another had its sculpture replaced.

One Story on Paint and Painting star
Many writers have given their account of the origin of paint and painting. I will share my research into the artistic medium and subsequent human expression.

Review Camille Paglia 'Glittering Images' book star
Author Camille Paglia is a respected social critic who is also in academia. In her latest book 'Glittering Images' she discusses themes in Western Art. I will share chapters 1-4 by discussing art that has influenced our world.

Rock in Art star
I will be speaking about natural and man-made rock, not the music genre. From pre-historic days to today, rock has been used in art and architecture for its durability and beauty. I will discuss.

Sculptor Bela L. Pratt – Boston Public Library star
Bela L. Pratt may not be a household name like Bella Swan, the character from the ‘Twilight’ series, but this Boston sculptor was an important artist during the early 20th century. I’ll discuss his accomplishments and acquaintances.

The Architecture of Notre-Dame Cathedral star
I will discuss the fire that engulfed the roof of one of the most significant symbols of France and the Catholic faith; and present an artist whose work is representative of the spirit of Notre-Dame.

The Art & Architecture of Church Buildings star
Churches reflect the art and architecture of the era in which they were built. I'll discuss the house church as well as one of the world's most famous cathedrals.

The Dome in Environmental + Land Art star
The dome is a familiar architectural wonder: the US Capitol, and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. I’ll discuss the origin of the dome and its influence on one environmental/land artist.

The Inside Story of the Pyramids star[offsite link]
An online adventure presented by NOVA that describes the history, meaning, and science of the pyramids at Giza. You can actually experience a panoramic photographic view of the inside of a pyramid.

The Obelisk Remains Grounded in Art History star
Beginning with ancient Egypt, stone obelisks commemorated deaths and battles – some erected in pairs at entrances to temples. I'll discuss how some were 'taken' and brought elsewhere and those found here in USA.

The Pyramid as Public Art star
Ancient Egyptian pyramids are perhaps the first examples of permanent public art. I will discuss architect I.M. Pei and artists Christo & Jeanne Claude in relation to 'modernizing' the pyramid.

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