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Hostages to Fame and Fortune: 
Secrets of Iconic Castles and Estates
Barbara Falletta

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The United Kingdom boasts of having some of the greatest examples of historic architecture in the world as well as priceless treasures of art. These castles and manor houses are also famous because they have witnessed tales of intrigue, tragedy and scandal. Althorp House is on the estate of the Spencer family, which holds an island memorial built to protect the remains of Diana, Princess of Wales. The Edwardian manor house, Highclere Castle, became the setting for the now famous television series, Downton Abbey. Chatsworth is an estate the size of Washington DC. It was the place where the glamorous Duchess Georgiana lived her decadent life, and the tumultuous love story between John F. Kennedy's favorite sister Kathleen Kennedy and heir Billy Cavendish took place. And, of course, we cannot forget the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Windsor Castle, and Buckingham Palace where kings and queens whose vision and taste left their marks. This series will present a virtual visit to these magnificent architectural sites, consider their historic and artistic importance, and reveal some of their long-held secrets. The primary objectives of this presentation are to examine and define the artistic aspects of historic architecture of the UK, and reveal the legacies of the many inhabitants of these splendid masterpieces.

1. Highclere Castle and Hampton Court Palace
2. Chatsworth and Althorp House
3. Palace of Holyroodhouse and Buckingham Palace
4. Windsor Castle and its Treasures
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Barbara Falletta is an artist, art historian, educator, and author. Her art has been exhibited in juried and one-person exhibitions. Her academic writing has been published in several journals, and her creative writing may be found in many anthologies. She continues to produce art, judge exhibitions, and lecture in art museums and other venues. Dr. Falletta is a member of several professional organizations including the National Society of Arts and Letters where she has served as co-chairperson of the Florida East Coast Chapter scholarship committee.

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Date: Mondays, January 8, 22, 29; February 5
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $50
Non-member - $65
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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