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ARTBLAZING III: Museums, Part 2

A Series of Discussions of Museums, by Sevan Melikyan
Selections from The Cloisters and the Me

Annunciation Triptych, Workshop of Robert Campin–The Cloisters 

Mondays*, 11 am, EDT/8 am, PDT  
September 8–November 24, 2020
Due to Labor Day Weekend, the first session will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 4 pm EDT. All other sessions will be on Mondays at 11 am EDT.
Registration Status: OPEN
Tour Cost: $10 per session or $100 for series of 12

Sevan Melikyan once again whisks us off to a few of the world's best art museums, where he will shine a light on some of the world's great and beautiful masterpieces so we can understand and enjoy them better.

As one of his auditors said, "Sevan can make a blind man see!"

These excursions into exquisite works of art are just a sampling of Artful Journey's physical visits to museums in the past and COVID-abated future. Unforgettable memories of traveling with fascinating folks, eating to our heart's content, and caravanning along magnificent scenery are now entertaining stories that we will keep with us forever, waiting until the day we can make more memorable moments. Who could ever forget lunching behind that great clockworks at the d' Orsay, the Rembrandts at the Gulbenkian in Lisbon, or the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam or the Mauritshuis in The Hague? Or those sometimes dark, steaming, nefariously sexy Caravaggios anywhere?


Join Sevan Melikyan, docent, museum guide, and transcendent storyteller, in Part 2 of his Museum Series. He will take us to a selection of the world's best art museums, where you will get acquainted with some of the art housed in these cultural centers and the artists who created them. We will explore their works and their lives, their historical setting, their techniques, and their muses!

In the Footsteps of Antonello da Messina

The Virgin Annunciate, Antonello da Messina–Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo

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Winged Victory of Samothrace–The Louvre


September 8*–In the Footsteps of Caravaggio (Rome, Naples, and Sicily, Italy) Part 1

September 14–In the Footsteps of Caravaggio (Rome, Naples, and Sicily, Italy) Part 2

September 21–Selections from the Uffizi Gallery (Florence, Italy)

September 28–Selections from the Musée d'Orsay (Paris, France)

October 5–Selections from the Courtauld Gallery (London, UK)

October 12–The Piero della Francesca Trail (Sansepolcro, Arezzo, Urbino, Monterchi, Perugia, Italy)

October 19–Selections from The Cloisters and The Met (New York, USA)

October 26–In the Footsteps of Antonello da Messina (Sicily, Italy)

November 2–Selections from Tate Modern (London, UK)

November 9–Selections from the Calouste Gulbenkian Collection (Lisbon, Portugal)

November 16–Selections from the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

November 23–Selections from the Louvre (Paris, France)


*This schedule is subject to change. Due to Labor Day Weekend, the first session will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 4 pm EDT. All other sessions will be on Mondays at 11 am EDT.


Double Portrait with Quappi, Max Beckmann–Stedelijk Museum



sevan melikyan (photo by colin jorgensen
Sevan Melikyan
Instructor & Tour Guide

Sevan Melikyan is the director of Wired Gallery in High Falls, New York, a founding member and director of Chagall in High Falls, Inc., a lecturer on art museums, and an artist. In 2013, Art Society of Kingston presented Melikyan with its ASKars award in recognition for his “significant contributions to the arts” and The Ulster County Executive recognized Melikyan as an Arts Ambassador. Prior to the U.S., he lived in Paris, France where he earned a BA focusing on arts marketing, and prior to that, in Istanbul, Turkey, where he was born of Armenian parents in 1965.


One August afternoon, during the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, I was fortunate to meet Sevan through my friend Jon Nakamatsu. When Naki won the Van Cliburn in 1997, Sevan was the marketing person there and his wife Maria was Naki’s manager. Sevan and Maria came to the Cape one summer to meet up with Naki (and to hear some great music). We got to know each other quite well over long nights of card games at our dining room table.


" . . . these trips with you cannot be closer to my core values of sharing amazing art through the ages, with which we also learn about ourselves and our civilization. And my hope is always that at the end of it, people are left to believe in humanity, on our own power to create amazing, positive things. And I also hope they smile, because...I like to be funny!”

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.

Selections from the Uffizi Gallery (Flor


  • Each session will cost $10 or $100 for all 12 lectures

  • PayPal is preferred; however, we do take checks   

  • You will receive an email with the Zoom link to the lecture with instructions on how to login within 24 hours of presentation

The Birth of Venus, Botticelli–The Uffizi, Florence

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