Who says competition is a bad thing? Rivalry inspired some, well, inspired artwork. Beginning Oct. 24 on the Petaluma campus of Santa Rosa Junior College, cultural historian Bruce Elliott blends education with entertainment as he stages a weekly series of confrontations between history’s greatest painters, contrasting personal temperaments and artistic techniques — think  Raphael vs. Michelangelo or Vermeer vs. Rembrandt.

The big screen event, in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, is the setting as the community education class looks at in-depth comparisons of Great Masters from the Renaissance to the Romantic eras. Other competitors include Along with Tintoretto vs. Titian, Rubens vs. Caravaggio, Boucher vs. Poussin and Delacroix vs. Ingres.

Classes are held from 7-9:45 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 24-Dec. 5. Students can sign up at santarosa.edu/communityeducation or call 527-4372. Cost is $105. The campus is at 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway.