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Humanities West: Artistic Responses to Napoleon: Beethoven, Goya and Goethe

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From 01 Fri May 2020 to 02 Sat May 2020 May 1, 2020 May 2, 2020 Marines' Memorial Theatre

Humanities West: Artistic Responses to Napoleon: Beethoven, Goya and Goethe

Humanities West: Artistic Responses to Napoleon: Beethoven, Goya and Goethe

Friday, May 1, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Saturday May 2, 2020 at at 10:00 AM
Marines' Memorial Theatre, 2nd Floor
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco 

Humanities West presents Artistic Responses to Napoleon: Beethoven, Goya and Goethe

Hope and Change could have been Napoleon’s election campaign themes had he been required to submit his leadership to a vote. But reality set in quickly enough, as is revealed by artistic responses to Napoleonic times: Beethoven in music, Goya in art, and Goethe in literature. Beethoven’s disillusionment is legendary, as is his music inspired by the Emperor. Goya’s politically incendiary depictions of war, considered the tortured psychological visions of an isolated recluse, revealed his struggle to deal with a chaotic and rapidly changing world. German writers from Goethe to Kleist and Adele Schopenhauer wavered between admiration and horror, like Tolstoy, revealing the ambivalence of many writers and artists of the times.

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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