This course will highlight the history and art of six fascinating urban centers during their cultural Golden Age. Each week we will uncover the secrets of a different City of Intrigue. Class sessions will be a creative blend of lecture, discussion, and extensive visuals.
Week 1) Istanbul – Queen of Cities – Bulwark of Europe – Crossroads of Civilization – Classical Inheritance – Byzantine Mosaics
Week 2) Prague – The Golden City – Bohemian Capital – Imperial Court of Emperor Rudolf II – Scientific Revolution – Astronomy of Kepler & Brahe
Week 3) Lisbon – City of the Sea – Launching-pad for Exploration– Portuguese Baroque – Indian Connection – School of Henry the Navigator
Week 4) Edinburgh – Athens of the North – Scottish Enlightenment – The Two Scotlands – Invention of the Modern World: Philosophy & Science
Week 5) St. Petersburg – Russia’s Window on the West – Romanov Golden Twilight – Tsarist Magnificence – Russian Baroque Architecture
Week 6) Barcelona – Jewel of Catalonia – Mediterranean Connections – Art Nouveau Design – Modernist Art / Modern Architecture: Picasso & Antoni Gaudi