Art History Classes

VMFA Art History Classes provide adult audiences with the opportunity to investigate the history of art through dynamic and interactive lectures, gallery visits and discussions. For ages 16 and over.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds unless VMFA cancels a class. VMFA will cancel a class if 12 students are not enrolled one week before the start date.

[78] The Horse in Ancient Greek Art

Thu, Mar 1 and 8, 1 - 2:30 pm  (2 sessions) | Conference Suite & Evans Court Galleries
Dr. Peter Schertz, Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art, VMFA

This course will explore the central role of the horse in ancient Greek art, mythology, and culture from the Geometric through Classical periods. Join the curator on an exhibition walk through and classroom discussion that wile explore the horse and chariots in Greek art, as well as mythical beings such as Pegasus, centaurs, and satyrs.
$45 (VMFA members $35)

[79] Horse Drawn

Tue, Mar 6, 13, 20 and 27, 1 - 2:30 pm  (4 sessions) | Conference Suite & Galleries
Dr. Colleen Yarger, Research Assistant for the Paul Mellon Collection, VMFA

Humans have been drawn to horses for millennia for the speed, their strength, their beauty and their companionship, to name a few reasons. Focusing from the medieval period onward, this course will use works in VMFA's permanent collection to chronicle facets of the ever changing nature of humankind's interactions with horses.
$90 (VMFA members $75)

[80] Ad rem Publica: Transforming Art in Ancient Rome

Wed, Apr 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2 and 9, 2 - 3 pm  (6 sessions) | Pauley Center Parlor
Dr. Donald Schrader, Adjunct Professor of Art History, University of Mary Washington

The Romans were greatly influenced by Greek art, but beginning in the 2nd century BC, Roman art took on a distinctly Roman identity. By exploring moving portraits of the republic, students will meet the ancient Romans and explore iconic art to discover proud but nervous assertions of power in the Augustan Age and reflections of a changing world order in the later empire.
$90 (VMFA members $75)

[81] John Singer Sargent: Traditionalist or Modern

Thu, Apr 5, 12, 19, and 26, 1 - 2:30 pm (4 sessions) | Conference Suite & Galleries
Dr. Karen Sherry, Curator of Programs, Virginia Historical Society

During his career, the cosmopolitan American painter John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) earned fame and fortune as the preeminent portraitist of Gilded Age society. This course examines the ways in which Sargent negotiated the competing demands of traditionalism and modernism, and situates his oeuvre in the broader context of dramatic changes in art at the turn of the 20th century.
$90 (VMFA members $75)