Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Age of the Baroque: Religion, War, and Art in Early Modern Europe, 1550 -1650, Part I


Price for Members: $57
Price for Non-Members: $85
Date/Time: Thu. Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14      3:00 – 5:00* 
*Please note the later start time
Instructor: Ken Alexander, MA, lecturer art history and humanities, Los Medanos College
Location: Online

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Course Description

Most of us are familiar with the Renaissance and the Reformation.  But what is the Baroque?  One pundit said it was an era in which “change was the norm, and during which, the norms were always changing.”  Reassuring certainties regarding faith in God and humankind’s path to salvation were shattered, and new ones struggled to emerge.  Wars of religion and expansion shook Europe.  Absolute monarchies weakened, and the political chaos that followed was accompanied by trends toward rationalism, science, and new forms of nationalism.  OLLI and Ken Alexander, will try to make sense out of this confusing tangle of events, using the art of the era as a template.  Let’s turn to Bernini, Caravaggio, Velazquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and many others for a first look into an age of creative turmoil.


Part II is offered Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4*  & 18  (*No class Nov. 11th)

Event Details

Date: 2021-09-23

Start time: 03:00 p.m.

End time: 05:00 p.m.


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