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Diversity in Head Portraiture
From the Italian Renaissance to the Dutch Golden Age to current times, figurative art has again gained in popularity. Who does it best?

Text in Art
From Chinese calligraphy to graphic design to scribbles, creative writing can be found throughout the history of art.

Messages + Hidden Meaning in Floral Art
Flowers can be painted simply for their beauty; but many artists throughout history have used them symbolically. I will discuss some surprising and some not-so-secret meaning of flowers.

Autobiographical Women Artists
Women have been expressing themselves for centuries by putting their life into their work. These women artists have made their work very personal. I will discuss but only a few (of the many) who bravely spoke out.

Imagined + Fictitious Figurative Art
In contrast to abstraction, figure painting is instead a representation of the real world. In modern art, the subject can be without a face or even that of an imaginary person. I will discuss these variations.

Anonymity in Art
From Medieval times to the Renaissance to the present, artists have shifted from being anonymous to signing their names to using smiley faces. I will discuss when and why.

Abduction Represented in Art
From Greek mythology to Roman history to aliens, there is a history of abduction represented in art.

Females in Harems + as Concubines in Art
Since the 18thc Orientalism and Turkish art has fascinating many artists including Delacroix, Ingres, Gerome, Renoir, and Picasso. I will discuss how one artist influenced many others.

How Countries Deal with Unwanted Monuments
Recently in the US, emotions flare over the removal/destruction of statues in the likeness of slave owners. What policy have other countries implemented? I will discuss this matter.

The Color Blue and Blue Art
In the evolution of humans, those recognizing the benefits of clear (blue) skies and clean (blue) water became better adept at survival. I will discuss the origins of the color blue and its application in art.

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