Art Matters @ SBMA


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$60 SBMA Members / $75 Non-Members

Single tickets available the morning of the lecture

$15 at the Visitor Services desk

Art Matters (previously Art Talks) is presented by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and is a premier lecture series intended for continuing adult education in the history of art. Our distinguished speakers come from the Santa Barbara area, as well as across the country, and occasionally, abroad. Art historians, curators, and conservators offer fascinating insights into their areas of specialization. This season, we are pleased to introduce Special Topics, in which specialists are given the opportunity to delve into greater depth through consecutive lectures devoted to a particular research area or book project.

View the full brochure of upcoming lectures in the Winter and Spring!

Full Art Matters Schedule
Subscribe in person at the Visitor Services desks, call 805.884.6423, or online at tickets.sbma.net.

Winter 2018

Thursdays
February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 8
10 – 11:30 am
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February 1

Printing Matters: The Impact of Printmaking in Europe – Part I

Peter Parshall
Former Curator of Old Master Prints, National Gallery of Art
This lecture examines the emergence of printmaking in late medieval Europe as it evolved from a skilled craft to a fine art in the hands of such masters as Andrea Mantegna, Albrecht Dürer, and Rembrandt.

February 8

Printing Matters: The Impact of Printmaking in Europe – Part II

Peter Parshall
Former Curator of Old Master Prints, National Gallery of Art
This lecture considers the individual characteristics of woodcut, engraving, and etching, and how each was employed for its own special qualities.

February 15

Caravaggio — Part I

Todd Olson
Professor of Early Modern Art, UC Berkeley
This lecture explores how Caravaggio’s commitment to materiality served and ultimately challenged the Counter Reformation church’s concept of the sacred.

February 22

Caravaggio — Part II

Todd Olson
Professor of Early Modern Art, UC Berkeley
This lecture continues to explore how Caravaggio’s commitment to materiality served and ultimately challenged the Counter Reformation church’s concept of the sacred.

March 8

Conservation Transformations at the Walters Art Museum

Eric Gordon
Head of Painting Conservation, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
This lecture will take you behind the scenes to describe some of his most fascinating and dramatic transformational stories throughout Mr. Gordon’s forty-year career.
Lansdowne Hermes. Roman. First half of 2nd century C.E. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Gift of Wright S. Ludington.
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