Program Details

What Makes a Masterpiece?

Karen Roberts
Arts & Letters / History

Course Description

Why are some artworks considered to be masterpieces? What makes an art piece memorable? Masterpieces are revered both in their own day and their fame is an influence thoughout the ages. Art forms like painting, architecture and sculpture use the design elements of line, shape, color, and texture. Every culture creates its own style by a particular combination of these elements. Master artists uniquely combine these elements to create new images that surpass their peers. How does this happen? In this program, internationally recognized works of Leonardo Da Vinci, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Michelangelo will be shown within the context of their own time period. What makes their art distinctive and how their art influences future artists and society will be presented.  No previous art experience is necessary.

About the Instructor

  • Karen Roberts, PhD, is an art historian and artist who teaches at FAU, Nova University and is Professor Emerita at Broward College. As a Professor of the Year and recipient of two Endowed Teaching Chair awards, she has been lecturing in the Tri-County area museums and art organizations for many years. Her research reviews art as the reflection of cultural values and includes varied themes such as meaning in modern art as well as art forgery. Roberts has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, Japan and China to pursue first hand experience. As a watercolorist and past President of the Goldcoast Watercolor Society, connoisseurship is a strong aspect of her lectures and discussions.

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