Art History Lecture Series with Rebecca Albiani

The Frye Art Museum presents a new virtual season of lectures by art historian Rebecca Albiani, exploring masterpieces of world art. The 2021-22 season will consist of live virtual lectures offered monthly on the second Thursday of each month. Lecture recordings will be available to all series passholders.

Second Thursdays, September 2021 – June 2022
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific Time


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About the Instructor

Rebecca Albiani has been an arts lecturer at the Frye Art Museum since 1997. She was a Graduate Lecturing Fellow at Washington’s National Gallery and a Fulbright Scholar in Venice. She received an MA from Stanford University and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Upcoming Events

Digital Lectures

Siena Cathedral

Thursday, September 9, 2021
The duomo of Siena, with its distinctive black and white stripes, is not just a jewel of Italian Gothic architecture but is filled with masterpieces by Duccio, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Bernini.

Rosa Bonheur
Thursday, October 14, 2021
In the second half of the 19th century, Bonheur (1822-1899) established a successful career as a painter and sculptor of animal life. Her horses, cattle, sheep, and dogs parallel those in the Frye’s Human Nature, Animal Culture exhibition.

Preston Singletary

Thursday, November 11, 2021
Seattle-born glass artist Singletary (b. 1963), who incorporates designs and themes from his Tlingit cultural heritage, transforms ancient stories into stunning objects and installations that are at once timeless and contemporary.

Hendrick Avercamp and the Dutch Winter Landscape
Thursday, December 9, 2021
An innovator in the new genre of landscape, Avercamp (1585-1634) specialized in busy winter scenes packed with activity, both professional and recreational. Avercamp, known as deaf-mute, was an acute observer of his fellow Netherlanders.

Beatrix Potter
Thursday, January 13, 2022
The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Potter’s (1866-1943) other stories came out of her close observations of nature and background in scientific illustration. Potter was also a brilliant marketer of her creations and a trailblazing conservationist.


Thursday, February 10, 2022
Wabi-sabi is an aesthetic ideal of rustic simplicity which emerged in 15th-century Japan. Associated with rock gardens and the development of the tea ceremony, wabi-sabi celebrates imperfection and impermanence.

“Special Reservations”: Elizabeth Catlett

Thursday, March 10, 2022
"I have special reservations," the artist Elizabeth Catlett evocatively titled a signature work of her 1940s print series The Black Woman. An African American printmaker and sculptor, Catlett (1915-2012) moved to Mexico in 1946 and worked for two decades with a printmaking collective devoted to socially conscious art. Her images of working-class women afford heroic status to the dispossessed.

Bridgerton Design
Thursday, April 14, 2022
This lecture will explore some of the elegant Georgian buildings inhabited by British aristocrats of the Regency period (and several Bridgerton characters), including Syon House, where the Adam style was born, Lancaster House, and Royal Crescent in Bath.

A Zoo in Stone: Animal Sculpture in Classical and Neoclassical Rome
Thursday, May 12, 2022
The Vatican Museum’s stirring “Sala degli Animali” shows how ancient sculptors used marble and colored stone to capture their dramatic motifs and how 18th-century sculptors often fancifully restored classical fragments.

Romare Bearden (1911-1988)
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Informed by his early cartooning and social work, Bearden’s (1911-1988) art explores ordinary African Americans in New York, Pittsburgh, and the rural South. Bearden is best known for his dense collages, as seen in the Romare Bearden: Abstraction exhibition opening at the Frye in June.


Series Pass
Member: $75
Non-member: $100
Student: $40

Individual Tickets
Member: $8.50
Non-member: $11
Student: $5


For the 2021-22 virtual season, you may purchase a series pass in advance of the start of the season or at any point during the season or you may purchase individual tickets at any point during the season.


Registration is confirmed by email.


Continuing education credit and clock hours are available to educators through Seattle Pacific University (SPU) for series pass purchases only. Payments for fees are paid directly to SPU online. The cost is $50 for 1 credit, $20 for 15 clock hours. Courses taken for credit or clock hours through SPU may not be repeated. Credit and clock hour registration will close on September 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

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