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Time Travel Through Art History

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Botticelli. Goya. Rodin. Chagall. Join Janetta Rebold Benton as she returns to the Schimmel with her fascinating art history lecture series.

What if you could spend your Wednesdays exploring Renaissance in Italy, Romanticism in Spain, Impressionist Sculpture in France, and Expressionism in Russia? Well, now you can because the Great Masters Lecture Series, featuring Pace Distinguished Professor and renowned art historian Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, returns with four more of the greatest artists of all time. These richly-illustrated lectures offer an in-depth examination of four artistic geniuses chosen to represent four different eras, artistic styles, and countries. Begin in the Early Renaissance in Italy with Botticelli’s fluid charm and ideal of feminine beauty. Continue to the Romantic era in Spain with Goya’s powerful emotion—in paintings and in prints. In the Impressionist era in France, Rodin was the unrivaled sculptor—yet his work was at times indistinguishable from that of his lover, Camille Claudel. And the Russian-born Chagall continued to paint joyous recollections of his early life in Russia throughout a long, productive life.

Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) and the Early Renaissance in Italy
Wednesday, October 1 | 12:15 p.m.
Antique influences, linear beauty, grace, and anatomical anomalies.

Francisco Goya (1746-1828) and Romanticism in Spain
Wednesday, October 8 | 12:15 p.m.
Sparkling paintings with dashing brushwork, revealing portraits of Spanish royalty, and caustic political and social criticism.

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) and Impressionist Sculpture in France
Wednesday, October 15 | 12:15 p.m.
Carved or cast, the human body reveals a range of emotions. Plus, Rodin’s relationship with the sculptor Camille Claudel.

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) and Expressionism in Russia
Wednesday, October 22 | 12:15 p.m.
From Jewish life in a Russian village, to France, and the U.S., colorful paintings filled with fantastic imagery and joy.

Also coming up soon, one of the best brass bands on the planet, Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar takes the Schimmel stage on Sunday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. Part of the 10th annual NY Gypsy Festival, the quintessential Serbian Gypsy brass band moves between Turkish Gypsy rhythms and ballistic Balkan and funk grooves—all solidly based in the old traditions of the Roma.

And as Pace students, you have access to all the fun for a great price. Visit for more info.