Angels in the Flesh: Courtesans and Culture in Renaissance Italy

Why were the intellectual courtesans – whose art consisted primarily of the pleasures of the senses, but who were required to be poets, musicians, conversationalists, and much more – so threatening? Lynne Lawner will take you on a voyage back … >>

From Sans Souci to Schoenbrunn: the Great Castles and Palaces of Central Europe

Lynne Lawner has traveled extensively and taken many photographs in Central Europe.  Some years ago she offered an all-day seminar for the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, D.C., about castles, palaces, villas, and gardens in the Czech Republic, former East Germany, … >>

Minerva Unveiled: Women in Art and Women Artists from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century in Europe

Originally commissioned by the Dayton Art Institute in connection with a major exhibition of Caravaggio and his Dutch followers, this lecture has expanded to include women artists from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century in Europe. Author Lynne Lawner draws … >>

Harlequin on the Moon: Commedia dell’Arte and the Visual Arts

Lynne Lawner’s Harlequin on the Moon, recently published by Harry N. Abrams, traces the history of commedia dell’arte from its beginnings as popular entertainment in Renaissance Italy through many transformations to its rediscovery in the experimental theater of today. In … >>