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  • April 14, 2020 – 6:00 pm
  • April 21, 2020 – 6:00 pm

Art History Course: J.M.W. Turner and Romanticism—presented on Zoom

presented by Jim Womack, art historian and retired Jackson Family Chair of Visual and Performing Arts, Montgomery Bell Academy

  • J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851). Lausanne: Sunset, 1841–42. Graphite and watercolor on paper, 9 7/8 x 14 3/8 in. Tate: Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Photo © Tate, 2019

Tuesdays, April 7, 14, and 21, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Zoom online class
Price per class: $12 members; $15 not-yet members
Price for the entire course: $30 members; $40 not-yet members (you must register for all three classes at the same time using the discount code ALL3)

As we move programs into the digital realm, these classes will move to the Zoom platform. A limited number of spaces are still available for this three-part art history course on J.M.W. Turner and the Romantic movement.

Once registered, you will receive a link via email. At 6:00 p.m. on the day of the class, simply click on the link and follow the prompts to join the class on Zoom. 

REGISTER for April 7 class
REGISTER for April 14 class
REGISTER for April 21 class


April 7: J.M.W. Turner in England
This class will focus on J.M.W. Turner’s biography and his relationships with the Royal Academy; with fellow artists, including John Constable, Henry Fuseli, Joshua Reynolds, and Benjamin West; and with critics such as John Ruskin.

April 14: Romanticism
This class will focus on the artistic movement in England as well as in Europe and the United States. The relationship between Romanticism and traditional painting (i.e., Classicism) will be examined. The role of landscapes as subject matter for paintings will be compared with the respected genre of history painting. 

April 21: The Sublime as an aesthetic
The final class will focus on elements of the Sublime as an aesthetic. In addition to J.M.W. Turner, we’ll discuss philosophers and artists such as Edmund Burke, John Singleton Copley, Joseph Wright of Derby, and Théodore Géricault and their relationship to the Sublime.

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