For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court to Rediscover the Life of Flemish Master Rubens

Lakewood, N.J., Nov. 16, 2007—Prolific and controversial, the brush of artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) is considered the sword of the Counter-Reformation, loaded with movement, color, and sensuality. Relive the passion of this Flemish master, who was supported by the Medicis and knighted by both Philip IV of Spain and Charles I of England, on Friday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. as part of Georgian Court University’s Adventures for the Mind and Palate series.

Presented by Lisa Festa, Ph.D., GCU assistant professor of art, this multimedia presentation will treat attendees to a multicourse dinner of Flemish delicacies that will transport you to the grand years of this master’s life. You’ll begin with a Belgian endive and apple salad with cranberry vinaigrette, and then feast on entrées of Flemish beef stew cooked in beer or Flemish-style cod filet. Indulge your sweet tooth with a Flemish sugar tart for dessert.

The event will take place on the Georgian Court Lakewood campus in the North Dining Room. Tickets are $30 per person and include a multicourse dinner and multimedia lecture; reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information, please contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or


Father of eight children, classically-educated humanist scholar, art collector, and diplomat, Peter Paul Rubens was born in Siegen, Westphalia (Germany). He painted it all: portraits, historical events, landscapes, and mythological subjects. His mythological and allegorical paintings remain as vivid stories of his epoch and as the timeless evidence of his mastery, world-famous for his ‘rubenesque’ style of portraying women.

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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