Art Appreciation with Osnat Lippa
Art Appreciation with Osnat Lippa
The Art Appreciation program brings a unique approach to a better understanding of the greatest artists by incorporating films, video clips, and an engaging slide presentation and discussion.
Caravaggio and Vermeer & Diane Arbus - 5 Classes
Caravaggio and Vermeer, Masters of Drama and Optical Illusion
In his book, Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters, David Hockney argues that optical devices such as mirrors and lenses were used by the great masters to create their highly detailed and realistic paintings and drawings from the early 15th century on. He notes that in 1600, the look of European painting changed, and the agent of that change was Caravaggio. Some, not all, of Caravaggio’s work displays unique optical novelty and disturbing immediacy, at once coldly precise and yet hauntingly real, and completely alien to the geometrical perspectives of Renaissance art. These particular paintings were done in Rome where Caravaggio was part of a scientific and experimental milieu in a household frequented by Galileo, who was then developing the telescope. And half a century later in the Netherlands Vermeer painted very differently, but with the same breathtaking intensity and realism. Other painters used optical devices, but Caravaggio and Vermeer made them a central technique in how they portrayed the world.
We will look at the body of work of these two masters to discover the innovative techniques they used in their masterpieces that were far in advance of their time, long before the reality of photography and film.
Diane Arbus, The Female Gaze
The striking black and white photographs of legendary American photographer Diane Arbus (1923–1971) revolutionized portraiture, through their range of subjects and their style.
This winter, the AGO will honour Diane Arbus with a major solo exhibition of 150 works. The first in Canada in almost three decades, Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956–1971, will explore the artistic evolution of one of the most compelling and demanding body of portraits the 20th century had seen to that point.
We will look into the work and legacy of this fascinating female photographer who broke conventions and reinvented herself and the medium of photography in the 20th century.
For more information please contact Andrea Daiam at [email protected]
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