Dr. Dottie Joiner loves it when people from the community attend her art history classes at LaGrange College.
“They are always interesting and full of enthusiasm. I find them to be good role models for the other students,” said Joiner, who came to the college as the Lovick P. Corn Professor of Art History in 2001 after 30 years at the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton.
On Monday, Joiner stands to have a room full of “good role models” as she presents the March lecture in the college’s 3D Journeys series, which this year focuses on Spain. Now in its fourth year, the travel/lecture series consistently draws enthusiastic audiences of community members.
Joiner’s talk will highlight masterworks from one of the world’s great art museums, the fabled Prado, located in central Madrid.
“My goal is to make it almost like taking a gallery tour at the museum,” Joiner said.
And what a tour that is.
Spain’s kings and queens were great patrons of the arts, Joiner explains, and the Prado is the main national art museum, based on the royal collections. It houses more than 3,000 canvases, including entire rooms of masterpieces by Spain’s superstar painters, plus one of the finest collections of European art in the world.
Joiner has chosen to focus on three masters –legendary Spanish court painters Diego Velazquez and Francisco de Goya, plus a non-Spaniard but personal favorite, Hieronymous Bosch, because the Prado, with six of his finest pieces, is one of the best places to see his work.
Joiner, who did her dissertation on Bosch, described him as “the most enigmatic artist in the Western tradition.”
“Scholars can’t figure him out,” she said. “They have not been able to penetrate his meaning. That’s one thing that makes him so interesting.”
Velazquez and Goya, she said, are among the most fascinating of Spain’s many great artists, and the Prado is a treasure trove of their finest works. Its collection includes 50 paintings by the celebrated Baroque master Velazquez – more than a third of his output – plus more than 140 paintings by Goya, a towering figure of the 18th century.
Joiner said her years on the Hill have been “wonderful and enjoyable,” and the college’s recent emphasis on global engagement and creation of a guaranteed study-away opportunity for every student have her hearty support.
“ I am a big fan of travel,” said Joiner, whose many trips abroad included three visits to Spain.
“Not only is travel fun,” she said, “but you learn so much more. It is captivating, and you get to see the great art of the world.”
About 3D Journeys:
3D Journeys offers four free lectures annually by LaGrange College faculty aimed at allowing participants to “discover, discuss and develop” through lectures and optional travel. All lectures are on Mondays at 10 a.m. in the Dickson Assembly Room of Turner Hall. Parking is in the lots adjacent to the pedestrian bridge on Vernon Street, with shuttle service to the door. A Dutch-treat lunch is available in Pitts Dining Hall following each session. For additional information, call (706) 880-8244.