ArtBreak: Art Through the Ages
For far more than art appreciation, come deepen your existing knowledge of history and discover the inextricable link between art and message—a reflection of and influence on their times and our own. Referencing works around the world and in our own Collection, M&G’s Director of Education, Donnalynn Hess and Executive Director, Erin Jones offer a memorable and engaging journey of art through the ages.
Dates: 1st Thursdays at Noon, during academic year
Location: The Davis Room, Dixon-McKenzie Dining Common on the campus of Bob Jones University
Parking: reserved spaces will be available in M&G’s parking lot.
Register: Click on the dates below to register.
Note: Lunch orders must be complete by Noon on the Thursday, a week prior to each scheduled ArtBreak. Rather than box lunches, Aramark Catering will provide a Deli Bar with the following spread: sliced oven-roasted turkey, roasted beef, and ham, and tuna; a cheese and relish tray; a variety of baked breads and rolls, two green salads, chips, assorted cookies, and beverages.
- Member without lunch: FREE
- Member with lunch: $15.00
- Non-member without lunch: $6.00
- Non-member with lunch: $17.00
October 6: The Beauty of the “Dark Ages”: The Romanesque Period
Ranging from the 10th-12th centuries, the period boasts a strong economy with massive stone building projects, primarily large churches. Plus, artisans created beautifying elements for churches and the wealthy including frescoes, tapestries, richly decorated books, carved ivory, enamels, and elegant columns and arches. Key personalities of the era include William the Conqueror, Peter Abelard, and Bernard of Clairvaux.
November 3: From Darkness to Light: The Gothic Period
Roughly between the 12th-15th centuries, artists built on the artistic ideas of the previous centuries and began to innovate in various media and architecture. The era produced beauty of truth, imagination, and design as seen in Dante’s Divine Comedy, Jacobus de Voragine’s The Golden Legend, and the Limbourg Brothers Book of Hours. However, the desire for painting with light through stained glass led to the architectural addition of the flying buttress. Other notable personalities include Abbot Suger, Thomas Aquinas, Marco Polo, Geoffrey Chaucer, Jan Hus, and Joan of Arc.
December 1: Beauty’s “Rebirth”: The Renaissance
During the late 15th-early 16th centuries, old traditions were replaced with new thinking as thought leaders and artists were influenced by the minds and creativity of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Culture shifted from a focus on the church to an interest in man’s abilities. Key personalities range from the Medici banking clan to engineer-artist Leonardo da Vinci to reformer Martin Luther and playwright William Shakespeare.
For lunch: register by Noon on Wednesday, November 23.
February 2: Dramatic Realism: The Baroque Period
To cover the incredibly diverse and busy Baroque era from the 17th century with its bevy of influencers and talent in nearly every field of study, M&G will provide a tour of our Baroque exhibition at the Lenz Gallery at First Presbyterian, downtown Greenville. Box lunches will be provided.
For lunch: Register by Noon on Thursday, January 26
March 2: The Restrained and Exuberant: Neo-Classical and Rococo Movements
The 18th-century world broadens with colonization and revolutions, and the art of the times reflects the period’s order and chaos. Key personalities include George III, George Washington, William Wilberforce, Katherine the Great, Maximilian Robespierre, and Napoleon Bonaparte.
For lunch: Register by Noon on Thursday, February 23
April 6: Art as “Idea”: The Romantic, Pre-Raphaelite, and Realist Painters
This final season of 18th-19th centuries is named after the most influential world leader of the time, Queen Victoria. The era is not unlike the creative expansion in thought and art during the Italian Renaissance. However, the Industrial Revolution sparked responses to poverty, social ills, and injustices. Art became a vital platform for messages—the foundation of modern art.
For lunch: Register by Noon on Thursday, March 23