Featuring Gage teaching artists as well as art historians from the Seattle art community, these lectures feature an intimate look inside the artists and movements that helped shape art from the Renaissance through the 20th Century.

Wednesdays, October 18 – May 2
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Gage Capitol Hill

$15 at Door
$50 for Quarter
$135 for Series
Free for members. Make a member registration,


Winter Art History Lectures – Winter Series Tickets

“The Last Supper” by Jacopo Tintoretto, 1592-94

January 17 | Charles Emerson | Renaissance Painting and the Roots of Abstract Expression

An artist’s personal expression and passion is sometimes revealed more clearly when we have caught up aesthetically with them, now able to appreciate the often surprising results that perhaps hold more resonance for our time than theirs; often anticipating future developments while still being relevant and exciting.


January 24 | Larine Chung | Henri Fantin-Latour

The most celebrated 19th-century French painter of flower, still life and group portraits of Parisian artists and writers, Fantin-Latour was among the first artists who started the art movement of Impressionism.


January 31| Terry Furchgott| Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt, Austrian Symbolist painter and founding member of the Viennese Secession, is known for the decorative opulence of his surfaces, rich use of color, and sensual beauty of his women. We will explore the elegant portraits, intricate landscapes, and vibrant eroticism of this most unique artist.


February 7 | Kimberly Trowbridge | Search for Arcadia: Poussin, Delacroix, Cezanne

Explore how Cezanne was influenced by the works of Poussin and Delacroix in his rigorous attempt to unite form with color. We will consider how each of these artists sought a new unity, a new visual paradise, to express the truth of their experience.


Spring Art History Lectures – Spring Series Tickets

April 11 | Kathleen Moore | Istanbul and Byzantine Art

What secrets are those wide-eyed Byzantine figures keeping from us? Come with Kathleen on a journey into the ancient world to find out!


April 18 | Tenaya Sims | Vermeer’s Milkmaid and the Camera Obscura Controversy

Vermeer’s compositions are legendary, and the painting, ‘The Milkmaid’ is a hallmark example of his expertise. Does it matter if he used optical technology? If so, was he limited artistically by these tools?


April 25 | Rebecca Albiani | Käthe Kollwitz

A graphic artist in the tradition of Goya and Daumier, Kollwitz worked in Berlin through two world wars, depicting starving children and grieving mothers. Through her powerful imagery she had hopes of promoting social change.


May 2 | Jeffrey Simmons | The Op Art Movement

The Op Art movement, typified by the works of Bridget Riley, Jesus Rafael Soto, and New York-born Seattle resident Francis Celentano, had its fascinatingly brief moment during the 1960’s, when it influenced fashion and contributed to the popular perception of what “modern” painting looked like. Well received by the public but occasionally derided by critics as mere gimmickry, the movement has been the subject of an ongoing historical reevaluation and has become a source of inspiration for recent generations of artists.


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