Spring 2017, 4 lectures, Wednesday, 12:15-1:15pm
HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS: INSIDE THE HOUSES OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST ARTISTS
Where did these geniuses actually live and work? Sneak a peek into the private homes (and personal lives) of famous painters, sculptors, and architects. Dr. Benton compares their environments to their masterpieces. Did the artists' homes, including the surrounding gardens, neighborhoods, and countryside, influence their art?
1. February 8, 2017 Italy: Fra Angelico at San Marco monastery in Florence, Leonardo da Vinci in Vinci and the Clos Lucé in Amboise, Raphael in Urbino, Giorgio Vasari in Arezzo
2. February 15, 2017 Northern Europe: Albrecht Dürer in Nuremberg, Peter Paul Rubens in Antwerp, Rembrandt in Amsterdam
3. February 22, 2017 France: Claude Monet in Giverny, Pierre-Auguste Renoir at Les Collettes in Cagnes-sur-Mer, Auguste Rodin at the Villa des Brillants in Meudon, Vincent van Gogh in Arles, St-Rémy, and Auvers
4. March 1, 2017 North America: Frida Kahlo at the Blue House in Mexico City, Georgia O'Keeffe at Ghost Ranch and Abiquiú in New Mexico, Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin East and West in Wisconsin and Arizona, Philip Johnson's Glass House in Connecticut
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The conversation continues: Each lecture is followed by a luncheon, hosted by Dr. Benton.The menu is based on foods related to the lecture.
All-day Saturday seminar, January 14, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Resident Associates
Changing Ideals of Physical Beauty in Art: The Mystique of the Chic Physique
9:30–10:30 a.m. Prehistoric to Ancient Greek B.C. to "be seen": from the Venus of Willendorf, Cycladic figurines, and Egyptian Nefertiti to classical Greek gods.
As the Smithsonian Expert on the following trips, I present several formal lectures on each, as well as many informal talks.
1. Smithsonian Journeys trip: "Essence of London," July 12-20 2017. For information: http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/tours/london-stay/expert/
2. Smithsonian Journeys trip: "Saint Petersburg and the Baltics," August 15-28, 2017. For information: http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/tours/stpetersburg-baltics/itinerary/
The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia,
"The Museum as Cultural Magnet: Enhanced Experience, Increased Attendance," Museum of the XXI Century: New Educational Paradigms. Third International Roundtable, November 2015.
Janetta Rebold Benton is Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University, NY. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, 2012-13, as Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Art History, European University, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Dr. Benton presents subscription lecture series at the Schimmel Center for the Arts, NYC, and subscription seminars at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. She presented subscription lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art every season 1988-2011, and has also lectured at The Cloisters, NYC; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach; and elsewhere in America and abroad, including the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia and the Louvre, Paris, France. She is a lecturer on Smithsonian and Metropolitan Museum of Art trips throughout the world. A former resident of Paris, she taught courses in art history there as the Art Historian at the American Embassy.
The author of eight books, her latest, HANDBOOK FOR THE HUMANITIES (Robert DiYanni co-author, Pearson, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2014), is published in paperback and as an E-book. ARTS AND CULTURE: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HUMANITIES (Robert DiYanni co-author, Pearson/Prentice Hall, two volumes and combined volume, fourth edition, 2012) is also published in Chinese (2011). MATERIALS, METHODS, AND MASTERPIECES OF MEDIEVAL ART (Praeger Series on the Middle Ages, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, 2009) is available in hardcover and as an E-book. MEDIEVAL MISCHIEF: WIT AND HUMOUR IN THE ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES (The History Press, Sutton Publishing, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 2004) studies an engaging aspect of medieval art. ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES (Thames & Hudson, London, 2002) is published in the acclaimed World of Art series. HOLY TERRORS: GARGOYLES ON MEDIEVAL BUILDINGS (Abbeville Press, NY, 1997) is also published in French as SAINTES TERREURS: LES GARGOUILLES DANS L'ARCHITECTURE MÉDIÉVALE (2000). Dr. Benton was the guest curator and catalog author for the 1995 exhibition MEDIEVAL MONSTERS: DRAGONS AND FANTASTIC CREATURES at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY. Her book, THE MEDIEVAL MENAGERIE: ANIMALS IN THE ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES (Abbeville Press, NY, 1992), a Book of the Month Club selection, is also published in French as BESTIAIRE MÉDIÉVAL: LES ANIMAUX DANS L'ART DU MOYEN AGE (1992). Articles by Dr. Benton appear in the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HUMOR STUDIES, Sage Reference, Los Angeles, CA, 2014; the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition catalog, SET IN STONE: THE FACE IN MEDIEVAL SCULPTURE, 2007; as well as in scholarly journals including Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale, Poitiers, 1998; Arte Medievale, Rome, 1993; Artibus et Historiae, Vienna, 1989; and Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, 1985.
Dr. Benton was educated at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, MDP diploma; earned her Ph.D. in Art History at Brown University; Master of Arts degree in Art History from George Washington University; and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University.