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THE HEWLETT PUBLIC LIBRARY,                                         1125 Broadway, Hewlett, NY                           Thursdays, Sept. 24, October 1 & Nov. 5, 11 AM

Thursday, Sept. 24 -

Early Renaissance Fratelli: Both Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi were monks whose contrasting work tempers the revival of humanism with Christian values.

Thursday, Oct. 1 -

Art Talk in the Garden of Lorenzo the Magnificent: Lorenzo de Medici had gatherings in his garden with the brightest minds of Florence to develop a theory of the nature of beauty.  

Thursday, Nov. 5 -

The New Technology of Oil Paint and the End of the Early Renaissance: The new medium of oil paint came to displace tempera as the 1400s came to a close. When the Medici went bankrupt, Savanarola became the short-lived dictator of Florence ruling from his monastery cell until he was excommunicated by the Pope and hung in the public sqaure.


Dr. Raverty has taught courses in both Florence and Rome. Join him in these virtual visits to central Italy, the palaces, museums, churches, public squares and cool shady gardens. See how the revived philosophy of humanism and the new sense of scientific scrutiny informed the art of this period.


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Norman Rockwell and Race
Christ and Saint Stephen's Church
120 West 69th St.
New York, NY
[date to be announced]

Norman Rockwell, Murder in Mississippi, 1965

Norman Rockwell is well known for his charming anectdotal illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post, but during the 1960s, moved by the Civil Rights Movement, he executed a series of works that have been described as Social Realist, in which he shows himself to be a master of the tragic sublime. These works will be compared with his earlier depictions of race, which tended to be more comical and sentimental.

Christian Image Veneration in the Context of Late Roman Art
Church of Saint Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street, New York, NY (online presentation)
Monday, Dec. 7, 8:00 PM

Madonna and Child, Church of Santa Maria Nova, Rome, 6th c.

According to tradition, Saint Luke, besides authoring the Gospel and Acts is said to have been the first icon "writer," who painted a portrait of Mary, the Mother of God, while she was still alive. This slide presentation explores recent art historical explanations of the origins of these arts in the sacred and secular portrait tradition of late Roman antiquity, and how these pre-Christian traditions began to be adapted (along with relics), as part of the cult of Christian martyrs, even before the legalization of Christianity in the early fourth century.