Vincent Van Gogh Wheatfield with Crows

Art History with Marilyn: From The Baroque to Present Day

In the previous three semesters of this four-part program, we explored the art of the ancient world, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. As we complete our study of the Baroque period, we shall review the masterpieces of Caravaggio and complete our study of the sculpture and architecture of Gianlorenzo Bernini.

We shall then move on to explore the art and architecture of the Neoclassical period, with particular attention to those works found in the United States. Paintings of the period of Romanticism will also be studied. Following these two periods, we will see the beginnings of Impressionism and, some would say, bask in the vibrancy of this unconventional movement. Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau will also be explored. Even present-day cityscape murals will be discussed. It is hoped that the course will be capped by a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where we can surely see examples from each of the four parts of this series.

Even if you haven’t taken the previous courses, you are more than welcome to join us this spring. Handouts from previous semesters will be available so that you may have the background information and technical terms.


Marilyn Rossi is an experienced foreign-language educator (Italian, Latin, Greek), translator, art historian, and museum tour guide. She was awarded both a Fulbright Scholarship and a Rockefeller Fellowship to study Italian in Umbria, and received the Grinspoon Foundation Teacher Award for excellence in teaching. We are thrilled she has joined us at the Center and look forward to more Art History offerings!




Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at christine@cotuitcenterforthearts.org