Two Saturdays: January 16 and 23, 2021
In this class we will look at the function of the window in Western Art, from Medieval stained glass windows to status symbols in Renaissance portraiture to Vermeer's interiors with the ever-present window. Is it only a "source of light?" We will pay special attention to the 19th Century Romantic painters' Rooms with a View, especially in Germany and Scandinavia, in Matisse's interiors from Paris to Nice, and in artist's studios. We encounter Caspar David Friedrich, Otto Menzel, Edward Hopper, Rene Magritte, Marcel Duchamp, and others who employed the window as a metaphor on the human condition.
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.