This mini art-history course will explore the visual structure and cultural meaning of four extraordinary paintings, one at a time:
Giotto di Bondone Kiss of Judas
Sultan Muhammad Court of Gayumars
Jan van Eyck Arnolfini Double Portrait (a suitable subject for a meeting on Valentine's Day)
Caravaggio Calling of Saint Matthew
These paintings were produced in different geographical locations - their artists used different media. Each communicates cherished values and foundational ideas of their distinct cultural situations. By spending concentrated time focusing on a single work of art each week, we will be able to savor a small set of undisputed masterpieces and understand the way historical explanation can enrich our encounters with works of art produced in the distant past.
There will be no assigned readings or final exam, but students will be encouraged to spend the week before each class looking carefully and slowly at provided reproductions of the works that will the subject of each class meeting.
Class meets in the North Studio in the Gallery building 3–4:30 pm.
Cancellation Policy: Student may cancel up to 7 days before the first day of class for a 15% fee. There are no refunds after the 7-day cut-off date. If the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the class for any reason, all money paid will be refunded in full.
About Michael Cothren
Well known to many in the SAC community from his recent lectures on art history, Michael Cothren has spent over 35 years in the Philadelphia area, teaching in the Art Department at Swarthmore College and serving as Consultative Curator of stained glass at the Glencairn Museum. Since the 1970s his research has focused on French Gothic stained-glass windows, but recently he has turned his focus to the painted bowls of the Mimbres culture (c. 1000-1150). He is also the author of a leading text book used in survey courses on art history throughout the country.