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.


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

Spring Art History Lectures – Spring Series Tickets

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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