IN PERSON: Recent “first-time” exhibitions and pioneering scholarship present new perspectives on old masters. This special topics course centers on six major exhibitions — including "Donatello, The Renaissance," "Poussin and the Dance," and "Antoine Watteau: Art-Market-Crafts" — to consider new ways of approaching and appreciating early modern art. Among the topics are: The Medium and the Message, a look at polychromed wood, silk and other unconventional media used for unique artistic ends, and Shock of the New, an introduction to newly discovered artists and images (the recently revealed Cupid in Vermeer’s "Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window," for example) as well as other findings that change the way we understand early modern art. The underlying theme of this course is that old masters are never old. They are rejuvenated by new generations of curators and scholars who continue to find them fascinating. It is always rewarding to look at “old” art with fresh eyes. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 24.
Carolyn H. Wood has a Ph.D. in art history with a specialty in Renaissance and Baroque art. She taught art history and museum studies at Bowdoin College, the University of Georgia and UNC-Chapel Hill. More recently, Carolyn worked at the Ackland Art Museum for 18 years, serving as educator for university audiences and as assistant director for art and education. She has been teaching OLLI courses since 2013.