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Beyond the Canvas

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Art Lectures with Jacqueline Hahn

Learn more about the great masters and their artwork in the monthly Beyond the Canvas art lectures presented by art professor Jacqueline Hahn. These special programs are funded by the Friends of the Library and filmed by NBTV. Streaming video can be found by using the links below or visiting the City of Newport Beach website NBTV listings.


The Great Masters: Leonardo Da Vinci

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 7 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Da Vinci is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time and credited with epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal.   

The Great Masters: Michelangelo

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Find out about Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. 

The Great Masters: Raphael

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.

The Great Masters: Caravaggio

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 7 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
His paintings combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, having a formative influence on Baroque art.

The Great Masters:Giovanni Bellini

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 7 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Bellini's sumptuous color and fluent, atmospheric landscapes had a great effect on the Venetian painting school, especially on pupils Giorgione and Titian.

The Great Masters: Giorgione

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 7 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Giorgione is known for the elusive poetic quality of his work, and together with Titian, founded the distinctive Venetian school of Italian Renaissance painting.

The Great Masters: Tintoretto

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 7 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
This master artist's work is characterized by his muscular figures, dramatic gestures and bold use of perspective, in the Mannerist style.

The Great Masters: Rembrandt

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 7 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
An innovative and prolific master in three media, generally considered one of the greatest visual artists and the most important in Dutch art history.

If you missed our previous lecture series, you can watch the broadcast online:


Man Ray: May 23, 2018, NBTV video

Joan Miró: April 25, 2018, NBTV video

Yves Tanquy: March 28, 2018, NBTV video

Max Ernst: February 28, 2018, NBTV video

Salvador Dalí: January 24, 2018, NBTV video

Constantin Brancusi: November 29, 2017, NBTV video

Gertrude Stein: October 25, 2017, NBTV video 

Peggy Guggenheim: September 27, 2017, NBTV video


René Magritte: May 24, 2017, NBTV video

Marcel Duchamp: April 26, 2017, NBTV video

Wassily Kandinsky: March 29, 2017, NBTV video

Georges Braque: March 1, 2017, NBTV video

Cubism: February 1, 2017, NBTV Video

Beyond the Canvas lectures at the Central Library are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served, limited by room capacity of 200.  Funding is graciously donated by the Friends of the Library.