Glorious Cathedrals of the Middle Ages:
The Architecture, Artworks, and History of European Churches
Marion Dolan

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This four-part series will examine the central role churches and cathedrals played in the lives and events of the Middle Ages, and how they often still do today. The lectures will be illustrated with colorful images and intricate details of the churches describing their architecture, sculpture, mosaics, artworks, stained glass, reliquaries, and fascinating histories. We will discuss monumental events that took place in the famous cathedrals; some associated with extravagant displays of wealth and power, such as royal weddings and coronations at Westminster Abbey; and some horrific, such as the murder of Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The series will cover the period from the Middle Ages until Renaissance discovering the glorious and majestic religious houses of worship that were built and rebuilt by the greatest architects, decorated by the most-talented artists, and furnished with valuable materials and the most expensive and lavish artifacts that could be created.
1. Glorious Churches and Cathedrals of Italy
2. Glorious Churches and  Cathedrals of France
3. Glorious Churches and Cathedrals of England
4. Glorious Churches and Cathedrals of Spain
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr.  Marion Dolan recently retired from the University of Pittsburgh where she was an adjunct professor of History of Art and Architecture. She also taught at Carlow University for many years and has taught all areas of art history from cave art to contemporary art. She has also lectured for the Osher Lifelong Learning program at Carnegie Mellon. Since retiring, she has taught classes at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art where she is a docent. Dr. Dolan received her BS, MA, and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. 


Time: 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Date: Tuesdays, April 29; May 6, 13, 20
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member