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Live and Recorded talks relating to:

Belgium

  • 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
  • Making Sense of The Ugly Duchess
    Making Sense of The Ugly Duchess
    Despite this painting's fame, many aspects of the portrait remain a mystery. In this lecture, we explore what might have inspired it and examine the vibrant artistic culture of early 16th century Flanders, where the portrait was made. Prepare to take a 2nd look at a portrait you thought you knew!
  • 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.
  • City Trip: Antwerp and the Rubens House
    City Trip: Antwerp and the Rubens House
    One of my favourite Belgium cities, worth a visit for many reasons, but most definitely for the former home & workshop of Peter Paul Rubens, purchased in 1610, a true window into this Baroque artist, architect, traveler, linguist, collector, ambassador and manager of a large artist workshop.
  • Northern High Renaissance and Mannerism
    Northern High Renaissance and Mannerism
    North of the Alpes was very much affected by the Protestant Reformation. As Protestantism spread, artists turned away from overtly religious subjects and chose more secular imagery. Genre paintings and Landscape art make their appearance, and the court of Henry VIII introduces new displays of power!
  • The Early Renaissance: Northern Europe
    The Early Renaissance: Northern Europe
    This lecture will focus on the change from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and how it unfolded in Northern Europe. The personable depictions, the brilliant use of oil paint, the printing press, and the love of details - all will be discussed and put into context. more info below
  • City Trip: Ghent & the Van Eyck Altarpiece
    City Trip: Ghent & the Van Eyck Altarpiece
    In these times of lockdown I thought I would treat you with some city trips we are all missing out on! This talk will feature the sadly shortened exhibition on van Eyck in Ghent.
  • Intro: The Baroque, Northern Europe
    Intro: The Baroque, Northern Europe
    The Golden Age of Art comes to Holland! Maybe not as dramatic, maybe not so much with a mythological or biblical focus - but the realness and relatability of the works of art draw you in like no other period! Join us to put this art historical period into perspective.
  • Art Nouveau in Europe
    Art Nouveau in Europe
    Although it will be hard to capture the individual forms of this style as it took hold of different countries in Europe, this whirlwind one hour lecture will show some its most noteworthy creations on the Continent, incl Gaudi in Barcelona and Horta in Brussels among others.
  • Brueghel & Rubens, a fruitful partnership
    Brueghel & Rubens, a fruitful partnership
    In the early 17th century 2 admired painters teamed up to profit from each other’s strengths: Peter Paul Rubens painted the figures while Jan Brueghel the Elder the landscapes, flora and fauna. Join Mariska as she discusses this fruitful partnership.
  • City Trip: Brussels & the Horta House
    City Trip: Brussels & the Horta House
    How about making a city trip from your sofa, you can always decide to visit it when things return to normal! Today we will talk about the elegant creations of the Art Nouveau, especially in the hands of Belgian architect Victor Horta, and his beautiful house in Brussels.
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