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Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court Explores the Genius of Caravaggio

Lakewood, N.J., Aug. 27, 2007—Before Hollywood bad boys were even a possibility, there was Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio. A brilliant artist with a violent temper, his work was the subject of renewed interest by both collectors and art scholars in the 20th century. His work will be explored at a multimedia presentation and multicourse dinner on Friday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. as part of Georgian Court’s popular Adventures for the Mind and Palate series.

During the 16th century, Caravaggio was apprenticed with the painter Simone Peterzano of Milan, then went on to Rome. He began to sell his paintings with some success, attracting the attention of Cardinal Francesco del Monte, who helped him earn the commission to paint for the church of San Luigi dei Francesi. His work there, including the realistic naturalism of three scenes he created of the life of St. Matthew, caused a public outcry. His quick temper and an alleged murder earned him a reputation as a dangerous man, and he spent part of his life running from the authorities. His work filled the huge churches of Italy and gave birth to the Baroque style.

Presented by Lisa Festa, Ph.D., GCU assistant professor of art, this dinner lecture will treat attendees to a multicourse Italian dinner, including salad, pasta, and entrée, while they listen to traditional music selections. During dessert and coffee, Dr. Festa will offer a multimedia presentation of the artist’s work.

Adventures for the Mind and Palate has become a wildly popular series at Georgian Court, says Alexis Jankowski, conference and event coordinator. The event routinely sells out.

“Since we started this dinner lecture series the attendance has continued to grow, and we now see a consistently sold-out audience,” she says. “It’s a new and different way to spend a Friday night.”

The event will take place on the Georgian Court Lakewood campus in the North Dining Room. To make sure you get your tickets, which are $30 per person for the multicourse dinner and lecture, contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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