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Very interesting historical presentation on the history of still life painting.
I've taken more than 40 Context seminars in the past 6 months and Sara Magister is one of the 3 best lecturers I've had. She does a masterful job of creating a historical framework from which to understand how art has evolved, while also analyzing individual objects to help us better interpret and appreciate the art. She is always animated and engaging, making everything that much more interesting. I encourage everyone to take her classes - you'll find yourself appreciating art in ways you've never imagined.
Dr. Magister’s talks are always the most rewarding imaginable. Well organized and with clear documentation, she leads us briskly through her topic covering an incredible amount of information, flowing easily from one point to another. Her joy in the art and the concepts she is sharing is palpable. Still Life is often either overlooked or taken for granted; Dr. Magister gives it its rightful place in the cannon.
Dr Magister has a slight Italian (to my American ears) accent but it does not detract from her expertise in this subject. I thought I already knew about flowers and painting but Dr Magister explained so much more - power and symbolism in paintings! She went over a great amount of slides - and it was very enjoyable!
The content of the talk was very interesting, but there was quite a bit of difficulty with the quality of the recording. The entire talk stopped about 2/3rds of the way through. This is the first recording I have watched versus live and I don't know if this happens often? please advise.