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Lee lectures nationally and internationally on a wide variety of art-historical and esthetic issues.  His lectures on art history and art appreciation have been heard at such notable universities as: The Smithsonian Institution, Dallas Museum of Art, Harvard, Yale, Duke, Virginia Tech, Penn State University, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, University of Memphis, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University and the University of Toronto.

He is best known for his dynamic and engaging lecturing style.  Showing a great passion for his subject, he encourages each attendee to integrate art into their own lives. 

Tours

Also, Mr. Sandstead has developed relationships with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and is available for private and corporate tours.


Sample Talks

Cleaning Mona Lisa:  Based on the #1 iTunes international best-seller Cleaning Mona Lisa, Lee uncovers the art-world's dirtiest secret--Mona Lisa needs a bath.  Discussing the medium of oil, Lee details why Mona Lisa is missing her eyebrows and why she appears so yellow.  By looking at several Rennaissance portraits, Lee details the esthetic goals of Leonardo and the broader culture and concludes by cleaning Mona Lisa and many other "dirty" paintings from history.  As Lee says: "This is one of the most important lessons in art appreciation you'll ever learn."

A Diary of Christmas in England: When art historian Lee Sandstead travelled to England for Christmas, he did not know what to expect.  He knew that he would visit the museums, graves, universities, cathedrals and various ruins to discover great, wondrous things.  But what he found was something quite different. Over a period of three weeks during Christmas 2013, Lee made one of the greatest discoveries of his life—the English people. Their Christmas traditions.  Their gorgeous interiors.  Their wonderful hospitality and civility.  And yes, their pubs.  (So many pubs.)

From the graves of Shakespeare and Jane Austin, to ancient stones in a field, to hops stapled to the ceilings of ancient pubs, come to this talk to not only walk through some of England’s greatest museums and cathedrals, but also walk through English history, manners and modern-day culture to experience…a Christmas in England.

Walking 600 Miles for Art--Falling in Love with Art Through Ancient Pilgrimage. visit webpage

My Month with Mona Lisa:  Study after study have revealed that museum goers spend an average of 17 seconds per artwork.  To combat this and encourage viewers to spend more time in front of art, Lee is going to spend 30 back-to-back days in the Louvre with Mona Lisa and other famous artworks.  What did Lee find?  What viewing techniques did he employ to get the most out of Mona Lisa?

Using Art: We all benefit daily from technology--from the computer we use at work to the cell phone we hold in our hand--technology dramatically makes our lives better.  In this talk, Lee discusses the importance of art as if art were actually there to make our lives better.  As one famous philosopher notes:  "Art is the technology of the soul." This talk views the history of art from the standpoint of what that art can do for us, living today, striving to be happy.  Significant discussion will be given to the idea that art can be used by an individual as a technological tool--then we will springboard through art history looking for the best tools and how to use them.

Realizing the Revolution—Art from and about the American Revolution:  The American Revolution has forever defined us as a nation, and one of the most crucial ways that our forefathers have communicated the importance of this revolution was through art.  From the intimate portraits of the first revolutionaries to grand-scale paintings such as George Washington Crossing the Delaware, this talk will dramatically recreate through art the most important events and people of the American Revolution.

I'm Having an Art Attack!  This talk is designed to get your audience fired up for art—from the world’s most-fired up art historian.  Throughout the illustrated talk, Lee discusses the TV pilot to his Emmy-nominated Art Attack, which covered the Metropolitan Museum of Art, his personal story of how he discovered art, which is quite comical, and several artworks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from the Egyptian Temple of Dendur to John Singer Sargent’s Madame X.

To the Virgin: Throughout the centuries, many of art-history’s greatest masterpieces have been dedicated to the Virgin.  From Michelangelo’s Pieta to William Bouguereau’s Regina Angelorum, artists have not only sought to portray the Virgin in a biblical manner—but also as the representative for women as such.  What are these artists showing us?  And what can we—even if the most strident of atheists—take from these images? 

With Wings She Flew:  The story of master sculpture Evelyn Beatrice Longman (1874-1954)

Revolution in Glass—The American Stained-Glass Movement (1880-1910)

The Birthplace of Objective Art—The Greek Temple of Aphaea at Aegina 

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