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Live and Recorded talks relating to:

the Baroque

  • Giants of the Dutch Golden Age: Rembrandt
    Giants of the Dutch Golden Age: Rembrandt
    Join us as we follow his development from a young ambitious man, to one of the most successful portraitists of Amsterdam, to a man broken by the misfortunes in his personal life. Having lost it all towards the end of his life, we see him developing his most emotional powerful works. more info below
  • Women and the Dutch Republic: Backbone of the Dutch Golden Age
    Women and the Dutch Republic: Backbone of the Dutch Golden Age
    Often written out of history, women during the 17th century played a crucial role in advancing the Dutch Republic during its most prolific period. From ordinary women to down right daredevils, it's time to uncover the pragmatic, strong-willed & underappreciated women who defined the Dutch Golden Age
  • Flower Power: Floral Still Life Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age
    Flower Power: Floral Still Life Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age
    It's time to uncover the powerful paintings and masterful artists who expertly blended botany, geography, and iconography in ways even contemporary audiences can enjoy.
  • A tribute to Anwerp
    A tribute to Anwerp
    The Netherlands would not have had its Golden Age of Dutch Art without the genius of the Flemish masters who came before. The incredible developments of the Flemish artists and the skills that these refugees to the Netherlands brought, would prove decisive. more info below
  • FREE: Hendrick Avercamp's winter wonderlands: Game on!
    FREE: Hendrick Avercamp's winter wonderlands: Game on!
    Living during the 'Little Ice Age', Hendrick Avercamp explored frozen landscapes to create a genre. ofwinter landscapes filled with life, joy and fun! more info below
  • The Night Watch: Analyzing Rembrandt's Greatest Masterpiece
    The Night Watch: Analyzing Rembrandt's Greatest Masterpiece
    How does this single painting capture all that is great about Rembrandt van Rijn as an artist, as well as the Dutch Golden Age? It's time to uncover one of the world's most innovative and daring paintings like never before.
  • Flower Power: Floral Still Life Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age
    Flower Power: Floral Still Life Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age
    It's time to uncover the powerful paintings and masterful artists who expertly blended botany, geography, and iconography in ways even contemporary audiences can enjoy.
  • The Difficulty with Rembrandt
    The Difficulty with Rembrandt
    For all his talent, Rembrandt is also often described as a rather unpleasant, over confident, untrustworthy man, whose fame was merely a 19th century construct so the Dutch could compete with the Belgians and their Rubens. Mariska unpicks the complexity of this artist
  • Golden Age of Amsterdam: Art & History of the Dutch Metropolis
    Golden Age of Amsterdam: Art & History of the Dutch Metropolis
    Join Mariska as we explore the rise of Amsterdam as an international hub of trade, finance, art, and beliefs through some of the country's most cherished paintings.
  • The Jewel in the Lost Crown
    The Jewel in the Lost Crown
    Built for grandeur, receptions & court masques, Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace became central to the Stuart dynasty. Join us to discover the building’s revolutionary architecture & Baroque art, seismic events in constitutional history and how Parliament dared to kill a king! More info below
  • Amsterdam: built on slavery and colonialism
    Amsterdam: built on slavery and colonialism
    How can a country known for its tolerance and freedom, where slavery was prohibited, become such an active participant in the slave trade? Time to look at what financed Amsterdam's beautiful canals and extra ordinary artistic output!
  • Frans Hals: The Golden Age is Having a Party
    Frans Hals: The Golden Age is Having a Party
    The Frans Hals exhibition at the National Gallery, London, is a feast of life itself. Portraits of people being themselves, laughing, enjoying each other's company, children being children, sitters getting distracted while being painted and interacting with a world outside the frame. Mariska unpicks
  • Tulip Mania
    Tulip Mania
    In this talk Mariska will get us ready for Spring in this one hour talk on the most wonderful flower still live paintings, the symbolism and economic power of flowers and the personification of Spring.
  • Love, sorrow and passion: Rubens' Women
    Love, sorrow and passion: Rubens' Women
    From his mother, to his wives, daughters, the Virgin Mary, and his many female patrons - women played an extremely important and deeply emotional role in Rubens' life. This talk will highlight them, quoting the current exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery.
  • Versailles' Glory
    Versailles' Glory
    The elevation of LouisXIII hunting lodge outside Paris into the Palace of Versailles -the most magnificent of palaces- was done on the back of Nicholas Fouquet, Superintent of Finances, overstepping his position. See below for more on this talk covering who &what was involved in Versailles' creation
  • The Van de Veldes: Greenwich, Art and the Sea. A Review
    The Van de Veldes: Greenwich, Art and the Sea. A Review
    Winter 1672-73, 2 celebrated Dutch artists arrived in London. King Charles II offered them a studio at the Queen's House in Greenwich. Now, 350 years later, the Queen's House will once again house the Van de Veldes with an extensive exhibition. This lecture will introduce this talented artist family
  • Contemporary Sculpture
    Contemporary Sculpture
    This lecture reveals how contemporary artists have forged new territories. Please join Sophie as she explains two important artist: RACHEL WHITEREAD- revealing the negative space and CORNELIA PARKER- connecting objects with the fragility of the human condition. more info below
  • Sculpture: Hard stone & Soft power: the Metamorphosis of Gian Lorenzo Bernini
    Sculpture: Hard stone & Soft power: the Metamorphosis of Gian Lorenzo Bernini
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