Athenaeum Music & Arts Libaray,1008 Wall Street,La Jolla,CA92037
Castles adorn the cityscapes and landscapes of virtually every part of Europe. Many are crumbling ruins that evoke their origins as fortresses and are populated by ghosts of bygone eras, while others have been lovingly maintained and serve today as palaces, museums, or even luxury hotels. Art historian James W. Grebl, Ph.D., will lead a virtual tour in four richly illustrated talks examining the history, architecture and art of the most intriguing examples of these romantic relics from the British Isles, France, Germany and Austria. In the process, the military, political and social roles of these complex, dramatic structures will be explored.