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See directions to our location below. Our discussion will be on the BBC three-part series "Baroque: From St Peter's to St Paul’s". Each episode can be found on Youtube. Episode 1: Italy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DHHWMOC-ZI&feature=youtu.be Italy – Baroque's origins in Rome and Spanish Naples, including Borromini's architectural work such as San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, Bernini's fountains, churches like Sant'Andrea al Quirinale and sculptures such as The Ecstasy of St Theresa; Andrea Pozzo's illusionistic work at Sant'Ignazio and Annibale Caracci's The Loves of the Gods; Caravaggio's career in Rome and Naples; Jusepe de Ribera, his 'Cabal of Naples' and its activities against rivals such as Caracci's followers Domenichino and Guido Reni. Episode 2: Spain and the Dutch Republic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoaDP-NdxSA Spain, its South American Empire, the Spanish Netherlands and the Dutch Republic – Velázquez and Las Meninas; Zurbarán; Baroque church architecture at Santiago de Compostela and in the Southern Netherlands; Rubens and the Southern Netherlands; Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Vermeer in the Dutch Republic Episode 3: England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Dlu-zVHq0 England – The Royal Naval Hospital and Queen's House at Greenwich; Rubens, Van Dyck and Charles I's art patronage (including Banqueting House and its ceiling paintings); William Dobson's work during the English Civil War; the London churches of Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor; Blenheim Palace, the English Baroque invention of the country house within a landscaped garden and the career of John Vanbrugh; St Paul's. Our location: 15 Broad Street is the pedestrian-only street across from the NY Stock Exchange. It is accessible by subway via the 4,5 2,3 trains most directly. The A, C, R, and 1 are also close by. No cars or cabs are allowed at this section of Broad Street. If you come by car, ask the driver to take you to Broadway at Wall St. Whether you come by train or car, look for Trinity Church (brown church) when you exit the 4,5,2,3 or car. The church is directly perpendicular to Wall Street. Enter Wall St, and in a block you will see Federal Hall with a statue of George Washington on top of its steps. Broad Street is perpendicular to Federal Hall and The New York Stock Exchange will be to the right. 15 Broad is diagonally across from the NYSE. Hermes is in the retail space to the left of the entrance. Go to the concierge desk and tell the Concierge you are going to the Book Club. Take the tower elevator to 7. The business room is next to the elevators. The door will be open.