Art History Lecture Series

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 17 – May 1
7:00-8:00 P.M. Gage Capitol Hill

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


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Winter Art History Lectures

Fra Angelico, Perugia Altarpiece, 1437

February 6 | Dominique Medici | Early Renaissance Egg Tempera Painting, Materials and Meaning

This hour long talk will discuss the methods and materials of the working artist in Florence in the 14th and 15th centuries. We will explore their painting methods and the symbolic meaning in their paintings.


Rembrandt, Rembrandt Laughing

February 13 | Barbara Noah | Humor in Visual Art

From silly to satirical, witty to amusing, humor has long been a component of visual art. Looking at examples of art across time from Rembrandt’s “The Laughing Man” to the absurdity of Claes Oldenburg’s enormous Pop Art sculptures of everyday items, this lecture will look at the role of humor throughout art.


Young Painter, Lucian Freud

February 27 | Nicholas Enevoldsen | Lucian Freud

“What do I ask of a painting? I ask it to astonish, disturb, seduce, convince.”—Lucian Freud

“Raw”, “shocking”, and “honest,” are all terms commonly associated with the uniquely ‘modern’ and unbridled realist paintings of artist Lucian Freud. Whether clothed or unclothed, Freud’s expressive portraits offer a revealing glimpse into the inner humanity of individuals ‘stripped’ of all social mask and pretense. Rendered over countless hours inside the dreary walls of his London studio, Freud painstakingly memorialized people not as objects of beauty, but as living organisms, imitating in explicit detail the personal markings of flesh as a vestige of lived experience and a distinctly human material.

Please join artist and instructor, Nicholas Enevoldsen as he guides you through this intimate exploration of the rich contextual and formal devices underlying Freud’s most enigmatic works, while also charting the stylistic evolution and later technical development of the artist’s signature handling for densely painted flesh.


Spring Art History Lectures

Sunrise, Claude Monet

March 6 | Valerie Collymore | Color, Composition and Context in French Impressionism

How four French Impressionists used Color and Composition to create timeless Masterworks and a brief presentation on the Historic Context in which the French Impressionist Movement was born.


Portrait of Jeanne Duval, Edouard Manet

March 13 | Gary Faigin | Bad Paintings by Good Artists

Nobody’s perfect! While the skill and judgement of artists who have survived the test of time is unquestionable, even the greatest artists can have an off day, or take on a project that is ill-suited for their talents. We’ll look at ten less-than-stellar productions by painters like Tintoretto, Manet, and Sargent, and talk about where they seem to have gone off course, and why. Perhaps we can even learn a lesson or two to apply to our own undertakings, as to the pitfalls than can sabotage even the best of us. Note: Not everyone agrees as to what a bad painting is! We’ll talk about that too.


Place de la Concorde, Edgar Degas

April 24 | Norman Ludin | Formal Composition and Psychological Space

One’s own movement through three-dimensional space and that experience as it applies the psychological aspects of composing ordinary scenes. And, some examples of practical application of said theory. A variety of artists will be discussed including Degas and Giacometti.

Jardim Botânico, Beatriz Milhazes

May 15 | Jeffrey Simmons | Unconventional Techniques in Contemporary Abstract Painting

Exploring the work of several Contemporary Abstract painters including Beatriz Milhazes, Jack Whitten, and Mark Bradford we’ll explore their innovative uses of unconventional tools and techniques in their work.


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