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Emily Darrow

Topics include the culture of 19th-century Florence and an examination of Old Master printmakers

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The Continuing Studies Program at Bard College will offer two Intergenerational seminars during the months of April and May. These seminars offer a chance for Hudson Valley residents and Bard undergraduates to study together, providing an opportunity for a powerful exchange of ideas and experiences. Preregistration and payment of a $35 registration fee per seminar are required. Call the Continuing Studies Program at 845-758-7508 for further information.

On three consecutive Wednesdays, beginning April 21 at 6:00 p.m., Joseph Luzzi, assistant professor of Italian at Bard, will lead the seminar "Florence after Florence." Examining the "afterlife" of Florentine culture from the 19th century to the present, the seminar will focus on the city's role as linguistic homeland for the Romantic poets, capital of the unified Italy in 1865, site of the Futurist and Fascist avant-garde, international meeting ground for student radicals in the 1960s, and now center for political resistance in Berlusconi's Italy. Luzzi vows to pay special attention to the "continued pull that the city exerts on the literary imagination of Italians and foreigners alike."

On three consecutive Fridays, beginning April 16 at 5:00 p.m., Anne Bertrand-Dewsnap, adjunct professor in art history in Bard's Continuing Studies Program, will lead the seminar "Up Close and Personal: Durer, Rembrandt, and Other Old Master Printmakers in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College." Providing a rare opportunity for up-close study of a selection of original Old Master prints in the collection of the Loeb Art Center, seminar participants will examine works by such famed printmakers as Albrecht Durer, Jacques Callot, and Rembrandt van Rijn. Examining both the artistic productions of these printmakers and the social, historical, and religious contexts in which these works were produced, the seminar will examine the function of the print in society. The first two meetings of this seminar (April 16 and April 23) will provide the background necessary for fully appreciating and understanding these prints, including study of the different techniques used by the artists (woodcut, engraving, dry point, and etching). On April 30 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., the seminar will meet in the print room of the Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center. Please note: enrollment is limited to 20 students.

For further information, call Karen Becker at the Continuing Studies Program at 845-758-7508 or e-mail

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This event was last updated on 04-09-2004