The Big Picture with Darcy Weir – The Nativity of Christ 1-6-2013

This is the first lecture in this year’s Big Picture series.  Last year we looked at how Old Testament events and characters had been treated by great artists.  This year we will be looking at the life, death, and resurrection of Christ as recounted in the four Gospels–all seen through the lens of great art….

The Big Picture with Darcy Weir – The Annuciation Part III

In this lecture on the Annunciation, we look at how the artists of the Northern Renaissance from countries such as France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, sought to convey the wonder of the Incarnation.  Using the new technique of oil-based painting, they concentrated enormous attention on capturing realistically the finest details of this material world in…

The Big Picture with Darcy Weir – The Annuciation Part II

In this lecture on artists of the High Italian Renaissance, we discusses how artists such as Fra Angelico, Fra Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci used the new technique of linear perspective (the principle of a single vanishing point) to create the illusion of three dimensional space on a flat surface, and thereby suggested…