Program Details

Luminous Conversations, Art and Collections

Terryl Lawrence
Arts & Letters / Storytelling
Video Catch-up

Course Description

This course examines the lives and artistic activities of art collectors and artists whose powerful personalities and work ignited the world of art. Each lecture will address a topic in history and discuss the people, places, and art involved in that period.


  1. Catherine de Medici: As the Queen of France, she presided over the splendid culture of the French Renaissance.
  2. European Salons: Berta Zuckerkandl and the artists of the Austrian Session, Ada Leverson the defender of Oscar Wilde, and Mussolini's mistress Margherita Sarfatti.
  3. Sarah and Gerald Murphy: The couple who created a lively atmosphere in Paris during the Jazz Age.
  4. Dr. Albert Barnes: A scientist who forged an art collection non-pareil
  5. Stephen and Stirling Clark:  Two disparate brothers who separately amassed glorious twentieth century art collections.
  6. The NABIS: A celebration of the art of Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, & Maurice Denis.

About the Instructor

  • Terryl Lawrence, Ed.D. earned her doctorate in the Arts from Columbia University. She has had numerous exhibitions of her paintings and photographs in New York and Florida and is the recipient of many awards, including a national grant in the Humanities. She currently teaches Art History at Palm Beach State College and is a published writer.