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Humanities West: Norman Sicily

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From 03 Fri Nov 2017 to 04 Sat Nov 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4, 2017 Marines' Memorial Theatre

Humanities West: Norman Sicily

Humanities West: Norman Sicily

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at at 10am
Marines' Memorial Theatre, 2nd Floor
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco 

Norman Sicily: Art and Power in Palermo. Even before their rapid conquest of England in 1066, Norman knights arrived in Saracen-controlled Sicily. Pretending to serve as mercenaries variously to the Lombards, the local lords of Benevento or the Byzantines, they plotted long-term opportunities for themselves in Sicily. Those who found it even more enticing than a Crusade to the Holy Land settled in to enjoy domination of the local population. Sicily under the Normans became a crossroad for intense yet prosperous interaction among Norman-Catholic, Byzantine-Orthodox and Arab-Islamic cultures, endowing Palermo with great art, an art that glorifies the severe authoritarianism of centralized royal and divine power, such as the famous mosaic of Christ Pantocrater in Monreale.  

HUMANITIES WEST transports you across time and around the globe for colorful perspectives on the many sources of our modern cultures. Serving the Bay Area since 1983, our diverse lecture/performance series illuminates people and places at the intersections of history, fine art, the performing arts, social history, politics, and philosophy of the arts. Our unique multidisciplinary approach is designed to entertain and educate the intellectually curious, whether you are an arts lover, scholar, student, travel buff, or life-long learner.

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