PACE University presents A lecture series with Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton
Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton is back by popular demand for her second season of lectures at the Schimmel Center after 30 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Italy, where many of the world’s greatest masterpieces have been created, has long exerted a disproportionately large influence on the history of art. Dr. Benton’s lectures, focus on the highlights of architecture, sculpture, painting, and mosaic in Italy from antiquity through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Baroque eras. Time travel through Italy’s artistic past, stopping at the world’s most magnificent monuments, temples, cathedrals, and palaces. Study sculpted figures, some appearing to be almost alive. Examine glittering mosaics, murals, and ceiling paintings that will trick your eyes.
February 27 – Antiquity: Early Italy and the Etruscans: Life in the afterlife. Rise of the Roman Empire: extraordinary engineering—the Colosseum and the Pantheon; documentary sculpture: portraiture–meet the Roman emperors; arches and columns; the “Four Styles” of wall painting.
March 6 – Middle Ages: Rectangular Old Saint Peter’s and circular Santa Costanza in Rome; polygonal San Vitale in Ravenna; “Leaning Tower” of Pisa; mosaics of San Marco in Venice; Palazzo Vecchio in Florence; Palazzo Ducale in Venice; the delicately detailed paintings of Duccio of Siena and the innovative paintings Giotto of Florence.
March 13 – Renaissance Re-birth: Early Renaissance painting by Masaccio, Mantegna, Fra Angelico, and Botticelli; sculpture by Ghiberti and Donatello; Brunelleschi’s Cathedral dome and Michelozzo’s Palazzo Medici in Florence; Alberti’s Sant’Andrea in Mantua. High Renaissance: Bramante’s Tempietto in Rome; the geniuses Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo; Titian in Venice.
March 20 – Mannerism and the Baroque: Mannerist peculiarities: Palladio’s Villa Rotunda in Vicenza; Palazzo Te in Mantua; painting of Pontormo, Parmigiano ,Bronzino, and Il Rosso; sculpture of Cellini. Baroque bravura in Rome: Caravaggio’s drama; theatrical paintings that deceive; Bernini’s animated sculpture; vast splendor of Maderno’s Saint Peter’s and Borromini’s tiny San Carlo.
Lecture Dates:
February 27, 2013 – 11:00am
February 27, 2013 – 7:30pm
March 6, 2013 – 11:00am
March 6, 2013 – 7:30pm
March 13, 2013 – 11:00am
March 13, 2013 – 7:30pm
March 20, 2013 – 11:00am
March 20, 2013 – 7:30pm
Ticket Price: $25 ALL TICKETS
Address: The Michael Schimmel Center 3 Spruce St Lower Manhattan, NY 10038
Tel: 212-346-1715
Ticket Price: $55 • $40 • $30
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M6 Bus to Broadway-Nassau Street / Fulton Street
M9 Bus to Brooklyn Bridge/ City Hall
M15 Bus to Brooklyn Bridge / City Hall
M22 Bus to Broadway-Nassau Street / Fulton Street
M103 Bus to Broadway-Nassau Street / Fulton Street
B51 Bus to City Hall/Broadway
The Schimmel Center is located one block east of City Hall and immediately adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge. The 670-seat theatre regularly hosts academic and community events in addition to its yearly schedule of the world’s finest music, theatre and dance. Over the past twelve years, The Schimmel Center has served as a founding venue for The River-to-River Festival (2002), hosted both The Tribeca Film Festival and The Tribeca Theatre Festival (2001), provided a headquarters for The National Actors Theatre (2002 to 2004), presented the only Democratic Presidential Debate to present all ten candidates for the 2004 election, and actively hosts James Lipton’s award-winning Bravo series Inside the Actors Studio, taped on the Schimmel Theatre’s stage since 2005.
For more than 100 years, Pace University has helped prepare students to become leaders in their fields by providing an education that combines exceptional academics with professional experience. Pace has three campuses in New York City, Westchester and White Plains. A private metropolitan university, Pace enrolls approximately 13,500 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, via its rapidly growing Performing Arts Department, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and School of Law.


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