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Membership Class for Adults

Cultural Discoveries—Wednesdays with Olivier Bernier: Europe in the Eighteenth Century, A World Enlightened

Piazza San Marco

Wednesdays, March 5–April 2, 10:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

We are pleased to offer Members at the Sustaining ($550) level and above the opportunity to register for this special program.

Glamour, knowledge, and wit: That heady mix informed most of Europe throughout the eighteenth century. Science, as it made striking progress, could still be understood by the non-specialist; literature was a universal value; the ability to communicate clearly, wittily, and enticingly mattered most of all; and of course, the arts followed. Painting, architecture, and decor flourished—here was a time when enlightenment and civilization were the supreme values.

This exciting new program will be led by critically acclaimed author and historian Olivier Bernier, a frequent lecturer at the Met since 1982. Mr. Bernier received a BA from Harvard College and an MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. In addition to being selected as a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library, Mr. Bernier was also featured extensively on an A&E Biography episode on Marie Antoinette. He is currently at work on a new book.

These classes meet in the fourth-floor Terrace Room and include a light breakfast. A lecture will follow in The Douglas Dillon Boardroom, and conclude with a gallery tour. The session on April 2 concludes with a luncheon in the Balcony Lounge.

This program is sold out, but other lecture series may still be available. See the checkout form for more information.

Above: Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) (Italian, 1697–1768), Piazza San Marco, 1720s. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1988 (1988.162)

[For Supporting and Sustaining Members]
Fee: $750 for the five-session course

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