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Raphael. Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Frank Lloyd Wright. Frida Kahlo. The Pace Presents season continues with the Great Master Series featuring Janetta Rebold Benton.

ART HISTORY ALIVE: The Great Masters Series
February 19, 11:00 a.m. | February 26, 11:00 a.m. | March 5, 11:00 a.m. | March 12, 11:00 a.m.

From Raphael and the Renaissance to Frida Kahlo’s personal Realism and Renoir’s chubby cherubs and Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous architecture, spend your Wednesdays delving into the fine world of art as Pace Presents welcomes Pace Distinguished Professor and renowned art historian Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, back to the Schimmel for her fourth lecture series.

This spring, the Great Masters Lecture Series continues with four more of the greatest artists of all times. Join Professor Benton for a richly illustrated examination of four artistic geniuses who represent four different countries and styles of art and architecture.

February 19: Raphael (1483-1520) and the Renaissance in Italy
Although Raphael lived only 37 years, he is considered the paradigm of the High Renaissance because his style most closely approximates that of classical Greek. Known for his maternal Madonnas and endearing chubby children as well as his frescoes in the Vatican, including the celebrated School of Athens, Raphael epitomized the Renaissance ideals of harmony, balance, and clarity of meaning.  The Renaissance gentleman, handsome Raphael did it all with ease.  Visit Raphael's childhood home in Urbino.

February 26: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) and Impressionism in France
Viewers might like to be invited to enter Renoir's happy scenes in which women (always pretty) and men (always handsome) enjoy themselves in pleasurable activities such as dancing, boating, and dining. Working with natural light and bright color, throughout his life Renoir's favorite subject was the female figure, preferably nude. His zest for life persisted even in his later years when he was crippled by arthritis. Visit Renoir's home "Les Collettes" in Cagnes-sur-Mer.

March 5: Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) and 20th-century Architecture in the USA
Considered the greatest architect of the 20th century, Wright used the term "organic" to describe his architecture. He designed a wide range of buildings, from private homes, such as Fallingwater in Bear Run, PA, to museums, as the circular spiraling Guggenheim in Manhattan.  His complicated and controversial life included three wives, police arrest, and much more.

March 12: Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Personal Realism in Mexico
Kahlo's many self-portraits simultaneously record her appearance and her pain, which was both physical (polio and a bus accident) and emotional (her husband Diego Rivera). Although called a Surrealist, she said she was painting her own reality. Her subjects reveal the intimacies of her life; her very personal paintings provide viewers with a visual autobiography of a riveting personality and life.

$5 student balcony tickets are available for advance purchase in person at the box office.  Student rush orchestra tickets (subject to availability) are available for purchase at the box office on the day of the performance (subject to availability).  Any student with a valid photo ID is eligible. All student tickets are cash sales only.

The Conversation Continues: Enjoy lunch with the Lecturer for $25. Limited space available.

For more information on what to expect from a JRB lecture, check out this feature and Q&A with Benton in The Huffington Post.