The Empire of Light: Gothic Cathedrals


Price for Members: $60
Price for Non-Members: $90
Date/Time: Thursdays, June 20 & 27; July *11, 18 & 25, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.(Note *- no class scheduled July 4th)
Instructor: Ken Alexander, M.A., lecturer of art history and humanities, Los Medanos College
Location: Concord Campus

23 in stock

Want a discount? Please sign-in if you are a member or click here to Register.

SKU: OLLI27430 Categories: ,


In Medieval Europe, Christian belief held that the light of the Holy Spirit illuminated the Virgin Mary while leaving her intact. To make this belief manifest, the builders of the period let streams of light flood through stained glass into cathedrals such as Notre Dame de Chartres, patterning floors and walls with miracles of color. Mr. Alexander will explain how these master builders worked with powerful and demanding bishops to overcome wind, gravity, war, plague, civic unrest, and financial shortfalls, leaving a legacy of remarkable buildings in France, England, Spain, and Germany that dazzle us to this day.


Event Details

Date: 2019-06-20

Start time: 01:30 p.m.

End time: 03:30 p.m.

Venue: Cal State East Bay

Directions: Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord


Upcoming Programs