Suzanne Altman

Suzanne Altman, B.F.A., Tyler School of Art, Master’s in Art Education, Pace University, has taught art and art history in public and private schools. She lectures on art history at many venues in the Hudson Valley and New Jersey. Suzanne is also a painter who works and teaches out of her studio in Ossining. Her works have been widely exhibited.

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Masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age

The 17th century in the Dutch Republic was an extraordinarily fruitful time in the history of art. Great painters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Claesz, and Hals produced masterpieces of portraiture, genre painting, landscape, and still life of this era. We will explore the reasons for this abundance of genius and creativity and see many examples of these beautiful works.


Winslow Homer

This spring and summer the Metropolitan Museum will be showing an important exhibit of the works of Winslow Homer who is known for his powerful paintings of American life and scenery. Particularly featured will be his representations of war, race, politics, and the environment. Suzanne will be discussing his life, his works during and after the Civil War, as well as his legacy.


2.3.1 Art History Book Group

This course is a blend of an art history course with slides and a book discussion group. Excerpts from six books about artists will be provided (though you are certainly welcome to read the entire book.) Information and visuals relating to the book will be shown to spark discussion. Books include Girl with a Pearl Earring about Vermeer (Tracy Chevalier), Luncheon of the Boating Party about Renoir (Susan Vreeland), The Yellow House about Van Gogh and Gauguin (Martin Gayford), Strapless about John Singer Sargent (Deborah Davis), The Art Forger about Degas and art forgery (B.A.  Shapiro), and I Always Loved You (Robin Oliviera) about Mary Cassatt. NEW!


2.2.1 Great Museums of the World

This course explores some of the most famous and treasure-filled museums in the world including the unparalleled collection of the Louvre, the Dutch Golden Age at The Rijksmuseum, the Renaissance masters at the Uffizi Gallery, and the cultural treasures of the British Museum. Also the Spanish masters at the Prado and, of course, NYC’s most wonderful landmark: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. NEW!


Frederic Edwin Church: Painter of the World

Frederic Church was a vital figure in the movement in American painting known as the Hudson River School and in the development of Western landscape painting in general. Thomas Cole’s paintings made the Hudson River Valley famous, but Frederic Edwin Church was famous for painting the world. Church’s artistic explorations took him to exotic and remote locations, from the Arctic Circle to the Andes to the Middle East. His work had a great influence on many later painters. His home, “Olana,” is a spectacular landmark in the Hudson Valley.


How to Identify an Art Movement

This lecture will help you identify the characteristics that are distinctive to art movements from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. Examples will be shown to illuminate how each era made unique contributions to the span of art history, both expanding on and reacting against what came before.


Art History Of The Renaissance

A journey of art from the 14th to the 16th centuries. We will study the origins of the Renaissance with artists such as Giotto and Duccio; the early Renaissance (15th century) with Donatello and Botticelli; the High Renaissance of Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael; the Early Renaissance in the North with artists Durer and Bosch; in the North in the 16th century with Holbein and Brueghel; the Mannerist period and Venice with artists such as Titian and Parmigianino. (Last given 15 semesters ago.)


Overlooked and Underappreciated: Art of the

In this course, we will look at the contributions of six different marginalized groups of artists: Women, African Americans, Latin Americans, Asian Americans, Indigenous Americans, and members of the LGBTQ community. In addition to discussing their works, we will examine how their identity impacted their creativity and how the works were received by the larger world. NEW!


Great Women in Art

Long overlooked and underappreciated, women have been a force in art history for centuries. From Renaissance portrait painters to the still life painters of the Dutch Golden Age to accomplished Impressionists to the many important 20th century women in Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Feminist Art, this lecture explores artists both obscure and well known. Works by Artemisia Gentileschi, Rosa Bonheur, Mary Cassatt, Helen Frankenthaler, and Georgia O’Keeffe will be shown and discussed.


Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse is considered to be one of the greatest of the 20th century artists. This class explores his influences, his life, and the astonishingly innovative journey of his art during his long career. Matisse is widely regarded as the greatest colorist of the 20th century and as the main rival to Picasso for the title of greatest artist of his time.