Italian Baroque of Bernini, Caravaggio, and Gentileschi

Fifty and Better Fall Session

Italian Baroque of Bernini, Caravaggio, and Gentileschi

The Baroque art style in Italy emerged as part of the Catholic Counter-Reformation's effort to re-inspire the faithful back to the Church. Understanding the power of art, the Church began to commission grand scale works of art to communicate directly with the public. Dramatic and theatrical, these works strove to entertain and inspire while also engaging the viewer. Three of the most distinct artists of this time and region are Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Michelangelo Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi. Along with other contemporaries, this class will give an overview of the development of their distinctive style.

Katherine E. Zoraster, M.A., is an art historian and a professor of Art History at several local colleges specializing in Western art from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Zoraster graduated with a double major in English Literature and Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Following her undergraduate degree, she received a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Art History from California State University, Northridge.

Courses are $40 each, and two-part lectures are $15 each; or sign up for one of our flexible bundles.

Fifty and Better was designed to offer university-level courses (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for individuals age 50 and older.


Register by Sept. 2 by 12 p.m.

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