Art History Lecture Series with Rebecca Albiani

The Frye Art Museum presents a new digital season of lectures by art historian Rebecca Albiani, exploring masterpieces of world art. The 2021 season will consist of pre-recorded digital lectures and live Q & A sessions offered at select times.

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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

Wayne Thiebaud

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Thiebaud turned 100 in November, and his art is as appealing as ever. Though he resisted the Pop Art moniker, his sensuous oil paintings of cakes, pies and ice cream cones reject Abstract Expressionism and glory in the technicolor world of commercial culture

Medieval Marginalia

Thursday, January 28, 2021
Homicidal rabbits. Nuns harvesting phalluses. Knights battling giant snails. What is going on in the margins of illuminated medieval manuscripts? And what do the naughty pictures have to do with the often sacred text?

Hearts and Flowers: Romantic Symbols in Western Art

Thursday, February 11, 2021
The imagery of modern Valentine’s Day cards has a history stretching back to ancient Greek mythology but was refined in the Victorian era when entire love notes could be composed in flowers. Enjoy a celebration of romantic imagery from Botticelli to Jim Dine.

John James Audubon
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Born in Haiti and raised in France, Audubon came to the United States to escape conscription in the Napoleonic wars. He would single-mindedly pursue his passion of studying and depicting birds, ultimately resulting in his monumental publication Birds of America.

San Marco
Thursday, March 11, 2021

St. Mark’s Basilica, with its rich mosaics and opulent marbles, was begun around 1063 and elaborated over the next few centuries. Influenced by Hagia Sophia, it showcases Venice’s mercantile wealth and orientation towards the eastern Mediterranean.

The Tarot Garden of Niki de Saint Phalle

Thursday, March 25, 2021
The Tarot Garden, 60 miles northwest of Rome, comprises 22 mosaic-covered concrete figures representing the archetypes of the major arcana. Enlisting dozens of collaborators to make her vision a reality, Saint Phalle proved that a woman could work on a monumental scale.

Civilized Pleasures: Wine and Art

Thursday, April 8, 2021
For millennia, the history of Western art has run parallel to that of the fruit of the vine, which has had a central role in both classical symposia and Christian ritual. Objects from the Sumerian Standard of Ur to Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party celebrate the conviviality of fellowship and wine.

WPA Murals

Thursday, April 22, 2021
In 1935 the Federal Art Project was established under the WPA to provide work for unemployed artists. Inspired by Mexican muralists, the Mural Division created 2,500 murals in schools, post offices, hospitals, and other public buildings across the United States.

The Serious Fun of Robert Colescott

Thursday, May 13, 2021
Colescott reimagined famous works of art, like Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware or Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon, as populated with African-American stereotypes and everyday people. His funny, often raunchy paintings are deeply thought-provoking as well.

Sofonisba Anguissola
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Anguissola, who sought career advice from Michelangelo, was the first female painter to garner international recognition. Her skill as a portraitist led her to be appointed a lady-in-waiting and art teacher to the queen of Spain.


Series Pass
Member: $55
Non-member: $85

Individual Tickets
Member: $6.50
Non-member: $9


For the 2021 digital 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 lectures individually. Individual lectures will be available for purchase the day after their release to series pass holders.


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