Art History Students Visit Paris

Art History Students Visit ParisIt was a truly memorable «April in Paris» weekend (April 17-19, 2015) for twenty students enrolled in a course on the History of Western Art (Global Citizenship program). They encountered masterpieces which they had studied in the classroom like old friends, thanks to guided tours of the Musée du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay.

The study trip, led by Dr. Maryvelma O’Neil, was action-packed and thought provoking. Dr. O'Neil said, "We explored the art-animated spaces of historic Montmartre through the eyes of the Impressionists, Toulouse Lautrec, Van Gogh and Picasso. Subsequently, the Pompidou Center visit stimulated lively discussion both about the hi-tech post-modern architecture by Renzo Piano + Richard Rogers, as well as the overview of contemporary art since the Eighties. The portraits of Diego Velázquez, painted with dazzling brushstrokes and keen psychological insight, seem to step out of their frames to greet us at the Grand Palais."