Update September 1:  Please note that this post has been updated to reflect a change of dates.

After an Art Trip to Paris received rave reviews from the audiences, Dr. Julia Fischer, the Lamar University Art History Professor, graciously accepted our request to offer a second art trip to the portfolio_miller_italycommunity.

Enjoy sparkling wine (alcohol-free) and light refreshments as we appreciate the greatest masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Michelangelo’s sculptures including the imposing marble statue of David, and the Sistine Chapel.  The presentations are scheduled on Fridays: September 11, 18, & October 2, 2015 at 1pm in the library’s meeting room.

The following is a description of the lecture series:

 September 11, 2015: Italian Renaissance Painting in the Uffizi Gallery

One of the world’s oldest art museums, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence is home to the greatest masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.  This lecture will explore some of the most famous paintings in the Uffizi, including Giotto’s Madonna Enthroned, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation, and Titian’s Venus of Urbino.

October 2, 2015: Michelangelo’s Sculpture

A true Renaissance man, Michelangelo was a sculptor, painter, architect, and poet.  But Michelangelo always proclaimed sculpture as the highest art form, and it was this artistic medium that was his true passion.  This lecture will explore Michelangelo’s sculptural masterpieces, including the David, Pietà, and the Tomb of Pope Julius II.

October 9, 2015: The Sistine Chapel

One of the most recognized monuments in the world, the Sistine Chapel was commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV at the end of the fifteenth century.  Before Michelangelo arrived on the scene, the walls of the Sistine Chapel were filled with frescoes by famous fifteenth century Italian artists like Perugino, Botticelli, and Signorelli.  But it is Michelangelo’s ceiling and Last Judgment that are most well-known today.  This lecture will be an in-depth look at the entire Sistine Chapel, including its controversial restoration at the end of the twentieth century.

For more information, Please call the Miller Library at 409-866-9487.

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