Art history lectures focus on the masters of classical painting from Titian and Rembrandt to Degas and Sargent.  We explore their techniques, ideas, and approaches to the art of oil painting.  How does an artist use line, value, color, brush-work, narrative, and symbolism? What images or techniques did he learn from his teacher or other masters? How did his style and subject matter develop? What is the relationship of form and content in his work?

These questions are central to our approach because the Golden Gate Atelier art history program is designed to be of practical use to professional artists. While a basic historical framework and biographical details are included, names and dates matter less than inspiration. Students are asked to consider how the works they admire are relevant to the contemporary world. Hopefully this will enable them to take the best of the tradition and use it to support their personal vision.

2018 Winter Trimester:

18: Greek Myth in Art
25: Greek Sculpture and European Painting

1: Plato and Beauty
8: Tragic Painting
15: Old Testament in Art
22: Gospels in Art

1: Dante
8: Italian Renaissance
15: Leonardo

2018 Spring Trimester:

April 26: Velazquez and Sargent
May 10: Vermeer and Dutch 17th Century
May 17: Boston School
June 7: Landscape I
June 21: Landscape II