The Presentations

Cynthia is pleased to offer "edutainment" presentations on a variety of artistic subjects and interests custom made to appeal to a diverse audience. Activity Directors say Cynthia's presentations are "interactive" and a "delight." Cynthia will tailor the presentations for independent and assisted living facilities, student art programs and cruise ship audiences. Cynthia continues to update and refresh existing presentations every year, keeping them new and interesting for repeat audiences, as well as creating new presentations each year to add to her long list of exciting presentations.

"The Impressionist Movement" 1 and 2

The Impressionist Movement was a new and all inclusive realm, one that included everyone and anyone who knew what was going on politically, socially and religiously in the city of Paris.  The subject matter of their works of art included anything but the old historical or classical subject matter of the academic style paintings.  These new “radicals” painted the modern life in Paris, in the 1870’s. 

 "Beyond Impressionism" 1 and 2

Science and Art come together in the mid 1880’s. These new “upstarts”, Seurat, Cezanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Toulouse Lautrec, were each wanting to redirect art away from the Impressionist  experiment and work on art based on science, the way we see the world  through light and a series of cone and rod shapes in the human eye. Coined “Neo-Impressionism” at the time.

"The Women of Impressionism"                                                                        
                                          View a beautiful slide                                                    show presentation as the history of the Impressionist Movement 1874-1886 and its famous female artist unfolds.  Here a brief biography and see the amazing works of art by these most famous and courageous women.  Meet Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzales and Marie Bracquemond.

"Summertime in Art History"

Fortunately, there is no shortage of wonderful, beautiful works of art that have a theme of "fun in the sun". So sit back and relax, while I show you wonderful works of art that show young love at play in fanciful outdoor settings, the caress of a warm summer breeze or even the caress of a lover! This fun and beautiful presentation will range from the beginnings of Rococo to the beginnings of the era of Impressionism, from the early 1700's to the mid 1850's. This presentation is a wonderful, entertaining "summer" program. (Changing artists each year!)
 "Themes of Love in Art History"

So many wonderful works of art carry the theme of "love". Whether it be love for God, love for Bible stories, love for freedom of expression, the love for a woman, love of a woman, love for children or even love for red heads! The works of art in this presentation will range from the age of the Renaissance up to the era of Impressionism, the 400 years between the 1400's and the 1800's. This fun, romantic presentation would be great for a February "Valentine" celebration or any occasion at all.

(Changing artists each year)

A Wonderful Biography Series on Individual Artists:

"The Magic of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel" The world of Michelangelo and his "real" feelings towards painting the Sistine Chapel are revealed!"

"The Genius of Leonardo" Want to know the story behind "The Last Supper" or the secrets of Mona Lisa's smile? Now is your chance!

"The Great Sculptures of Bernini" No other artist could cut marble as if it were butter. Creating the most beautiful sculptures in all of art history.

"Botticelli, the Great Mythological Painter" See and hear the wonderful mythological stories behind the "Birth of Venus" and "The Allegory of Spring" also known as the "Primavera.

"Raphael, Rome's most beloved Artist" Lets go to "school" with Raphael and see and discuss his wonderful masterpiece "The School of Athens" and others works of art by this young artist.

"Titian, the Great Italian Painter" Titian was the great master and the creator of large Mythological works of art and in demand all over Europe.  See and here the crazy mythological stories by Titian.

"Rembrandt, the most famous of Dutch Masters" See and hear the success and the struggles of this most famous of Dutch masters. Ending this presentation in Rembrandt's final home Amsterdam. 

"Jan van Eyck, the "inventor" of oil painting" Find out why art historians call Jan van Eyck the "inventor of oil painting".   With wonderful paintings such as "The Annunciation" and the "Arnolfini Wedding Portrait", you will see the genius of the most famous artist from the Netherlands.

"The Collaboration of Gauguin and Van Gogh" This presentation explores the interesting and often turbulent collaboration between these two intense artist during their time in the Arles in the south of France.

"The Crazy World of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec" What more needs to be said! His world was crazy, interesting and strangely wonderful.  Let's go back to the early 1900's and revisit Paris and Henri's world.

"The Controversial Caravaggio" Caravaggio, the enigmatic, fascinating, rebellious, and dangerous Artist! Orphaned at 11 years of age, wanted for murdered, yet protected and hidden by his wealthy patrons. Caravaggio creates some of the best religious, mythological, and strangely erotic works of art.

"Johannes Vermeer; The Sphinx of Delft" One of the great masters of the Dutch Golden Age and one of the world's most loved artist. His beautiful paintings of domesticity showcase why he is so loved, with pearly effects, bright colors and a wonderful touch of symbolism. Vermeer is also the creator of "The Girl with the Pearl Earring"!

"The Great Spanish Painter: Diego Velazquez" Velazquez was a Spanish painter, the leading artist in the court of King Philip the 4th, and one of the most important painters of the Spanish Golden Age; (The Spanish Golden Age is a period flourishing in arts and literature in Spain, coinciding with the political rise and decline of the Spanish Hapsburg dynasty.)  So lets get to know Diego Velazquez a little better:

"The Artist and Courtier; Peter Paul Rubens" 

Rubens is considered the most influential artist of Flemish Baroque tradition and a leading courtier to Austria. Rubens was so successful as a courtier, that he was raised by King Phillip IV of Spain to nobility, knighted by King Charles I of England. In fact all the courts of Europe asked to be kept informed of his condition before his death in 1640.

"The Artist and Courtier; Peter Paul Rubens" out in August 2020!   Completed!

Coming soon- "The Great Masterpieces of the Uffizi in Florence". 

"The Christmas Story Told Through the Arts"

From the moment the Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she is to be with child, God’s son, and he is to be name Jesus, through the months following that great announcement, Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth, the census in Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, the visits of the Magi and shepherds to see the baby, there are many beautiful, wonderful works of art that represent the entire story of the birth of Christ, “The Christmas Story”. (All new works of art each year!)

 "The Easter Story Told Through the Arts"

Because the Churches were some of the greatest patrons of the artists of the Renaissance, there are 1000’s of paintings depicting all the great stories of the Bible. The “Easter Story” is certainly one of the greatest of them all and represented in 100’s of beautiful works of art. Beginning with the Last Supper, the betrayal, the capture, the crucifixion, the deposition, the burial, the rising of Jesus from the dead and ascension into heaven. (All new works of art each year!)

"Masterpieces in History"

Even those who really have no interest in art can easily envision at least one or two works of art that they remember for some reason or another. Whether it be Van Goghs' Starry Night or Monets' Impression Sunrise, we all can conjure up a work of art that has touched us, stayed in our memory. Historians, scholars and authors have all compiled books about the great masterpieces in art so you can imagine that there are hundred's of great "masterpieces" we could talk about and enjoy. For this presentation I chose works from the age of the "Renaissance", the 300 years between 1300 to 1600 that brought Western Europe out of the middle ages and onto the threshold of modernity. (Changing artists each year!)

 From the Old Testament Series: "The Creation Story told Through the Arts"

Listen to and watch Gods creation of the heavens and earth, sea and land, fish and birds, man and animals, the temptation and the fall of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. This amazing and exciting story is told through narrative accompanied by wonderful works of art that detail each major event in Gods creation of the world.

From the Old Testament Series: "The Amazing Life of Moses told Through the Arts part one" 
Moses Presentation

View wonderful works of art as the story of Moses unfolds.  You will hear the story of the amazing life of Moses while viewing works of art by the great masters such as Rembrandt, Tissot, Rubens and many others.  Watch as Moses is rescued from the Nile, Speaks with God and convinces Pharaoh to let his people go by a series of 10 plagues put upon Egypt.

"The Amazing Life of Moses told Through the Arts part two"
This wonderful presentation picks up where the first one left off, on the wrong side of the Red Sea! Moses and all the children of Israel are trapped between the Pharaoh's army and the sea in front of them! This presentation will complete the Moses series, ending with what happens just after Moses receives the 10 Commandments.

"The Crazy Mythological Stories told Through the Arts" 

Look for this wonderful and crazy presentation, featuring artist such as Rembrandt, Titian and Raphael, and the crazy mythological stories behind some of their more famous works of art.

"Famous Works of Art in Famous Cathedrals, Churches and Basilicas"  
In this beautiful presentation we will see and learn about some of the worlds most famous works of art that are inside some of the most famous cathedrals, churches and Basilicas.  Works from Michelangelo, Titian, Jan van Eyck and many more famous artists.  

"Italy's Masterpieces"  

Highlighting the 3 GREATEST artists of the High Renaissance! Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael.  This presentation is different from the biographies one these artists, in that I detail different works of art than in the biographies.  Reminding the audiences that these 3 great artist worked in Florence and Rome at the same time.  And the influence that both Michelangelo and Leonardo had on the young Raphael.

"The Great Masterpieces of the Louvre"

In this NEW presentation you will learn the history of the Great Louvre Museum! How it went from fortress, to Royal palace, to the Louvre Museum over the span of more than 600 years.  Highlighting the 1st work of art to begin the collection of works of art that would become part of the permanent collection of the Louvre, and more.

"The Great Masterpieces of the Louvre, Part Two"
In part two, I will remind you briefly of the 600 year history bringing you up to the 1980's.  From there a little more history of the past 3 decades, before we go back inside and see the amazing updates to this museum. Highlighting the great works of art in the "Rembrandt Room" and the "Vermeer Room". Ending the presentation in the now famous courtyard of the Louvre Museum, beside the Pyramid.
                                                                           Coming in 2020!
As always I refresh ALL my seasonal presentations every year with all NEW works of art to discuss, highlighting new artists each time as well.

As Always "The Easter Story told Through the Arts" and "The Christmas Story told Through the Arts" a new version every year! Research continues on "Masterpieces of the Great Uffizi in Florence". 

Coming in 2021!
Continuing as always to add new and interesting presentations. The hardest part is deciding which great artist and which masterpieces to discuss and enjoy!  So I'm off and running!