London: The National Gallery plus Some Hidden Gems
Two Fridays ( February 17th & 24th 1:00 – 3:15 pm PT)
Corte Madera in-person class
Unlike major museums on the continent: The Louvre, The Uffizi, and others, The National Gallery did not evolve from a royal or princely collection. It was founded in 1824 with the express goal of educating the people. The museum is encyclopedic in scope and tells the history of European painting from Giotto to Seurat in over 2,300 works, which were for many years hung chronologically creating a wall of masterpieces that told a story. Let us find ourselves on Trafalgar Square, honor Lord Nelson, enter the museum and then, as early nineteenth-century Londoners did, encounter hugely important works by Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Piero della Francesca, Raphael, Titian, Bellini, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci (The Virgin of the Rocks), Hans Holbein, Duerer, Jan van Eyck (The Arnolfini Wedding), Vermeer, Rubens, Caravaggio (three important paintings), Velazquez, Rembrandt, Gainsborough (The Morning Walk), Constable and Turner (The Fighting Temeraire) and on to Manet, Monet, Degas and Cezanne. Here are some of these artists' most famous works. Then we visit the hugely informative Museum of London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the spectacular Museum of Natural History. The Marianne North Gallery at Kew Gardens - over 800 paintings of botanical species in their natural settings, Kenwood House and the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and has led study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.