Please note that all our regular live lectures are suspended!
We are only scheduling online events until the current situation changes.
- Tue, Mar 09Online WebinarMar 09, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMTOnline WebinarFrom diplomatic gifts to tokens of love, between 16th-19th c miniatures were commissioned as small portraits which could be held in the hand or placed inside lockets creating an intimate relationship between the owner and sitter. Cindy looks at the history of these tiny treasures of art.
- Fri, Mar 12Online Webinar
- Tue, Mar 16Online WebinarMar 16, 5:00 PM GMTOnline Webinar'Leonardo daVinci said ’the smallest feline is a masterpiece’. Yes! Says our resident cat loving lecturer Cindy Polemis (who’s willing to concede that dogs play their role in art too.) From symbolism to sentimentality, from sinister cats to loyal pooches, we look at our favourite creatures in art.
- Fri, Mar 19Online Webinar
- Tue, Mar 23Online WebinarMar 23, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMTOnline WebinarThe Chauvet Cave is considered the 1st masterpiece of mankind. It's estimated to be 36,000 years old and houses more than 1,000 drawings & engravings with animals the protagonists of the panels and frescoes represented. Rediscovered in 1994, Maria will show us some of its marvels.
- Fri, Mar 26Online WebinarMar 26, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMTOnline WebinarImmersed in a profound economic, social and political crisis Spain entered the 20th century seeking to reinvent and modernise itself. This discussion impregnated society and it deeply influenced the works of some of the most important artists and painters of the time.
- Tue, Mar 30Online WebinarMar 30, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1Online WebinarAfter the so-called Glasgow Boys, another group of Scottish artists came to light. They're called The Scottish Colourists because their identity was precisely that: vibrant colours. They all lived & worked in Paris, travelling back home every winter. World renowned, but highly criticised back home.
- Fri, Apr 02Online Virtual Museum TourApr 02, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT+1Online Virtual Museum TourThe ambience of this unique museum is in itself a treasure, and the wonders it holds offer a one-of-a-kind experience. The museum draws on the art collection of its eponymous founder, and we have the unique chance to be shown around by one of its own guides!
- Tue, Apr 06Online WebinarApr 06, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1Online WebinarOur infamous Henry VIII was also known to be an ardent patron of the arts whose tapestries & paintings, purchased in pursuit of glory & magnificence, adorned his lavish court and began the Royal Collection. Join Siobhan as she talks about her new book explaining Henry's drive as a patron of the arts
- Fri, Apr 09Online Webinar CourseApr 09, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1Online Webinar CoursePlease join Alan for a chronological run through 4 extremely important French Master artists, each changing the course of art history in their own and characteristic ways of approaching the creation of an artwork. Each talk can we watched as an individual session too.
- Fri, Apr 09Online Webinar LectureApr 09, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1Online Webinar Lecture‘There comes a time when an artist of genius feels somehow swept along by his own capacities...I think I am that man'. This week Alan will consider the great French Master Ingres, his history paintings, his portraits and his skill as a draughtsman.
- Tue, Apr 13Online WebinarApr 13, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1Online WebinarThe illusionistic representation of things, deceiving our eyes, has been around since the Romans. However, over time artist got better and better at it, creating magical artificial scenes which are incredibly life like. Join Mariska for 1 hour of visual trickery and some of the most amazing scenes!
- Wed, Apr 14Online Webinar
- Fri, Apr 16Online Webinar Lecture
- Tue, Apr 20Online WebinarApr 20, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1Online WebinarThis year's Int Women’s Day theme is Choose to Challenge looking at inequalities. With the Art scene finally giving some real recognition to long establish female artists, Cindy looks at what’s been happening in Britain: who are the leading contemporary female artists, who should be household names?
- Fri, Apr 23Online Webinar Lecture
- Sun, Apr 25Online WebinarApr 25, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM GMT+1Online WebinarOften overlooked by visitors, this Museum is 1 of the best kept secrets of Madrid boasting works by countless masters. Built as a private residence the museum is a great example of early 20th century palatial architecture, comprising a vast collection of objects, manuscripts and paintings.
- Tue, Apr 27Online WebinarApr 27, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1Online WebinarLa Divina Marchesa became famous for walking her cheetahs wearing only her Cartier jewellery (specially designed for her) and expensive long fur coats in the middle of the Venetian night. But she was also a patroness of the visual arts and was – in many ways – ahead of her time!
- Fri, Apr 30Online Webinar LectureApr 30, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1Online Webinar Lecture‘Roped together like mountaineers’ is how Braque characterised his relationship with Picasso in the development of Cubism. But his career was multi-faceted, and Alan will take us from his early association with Fauvism through to some of the most richly complex still lives of the twentieth century.
- Tue, May 04Online WebinarMay 04, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1Online WebinarThis talk will address the psychological life of Vienna, leading up to Freud, and the many fascinating traces it left in the arts. These will include the beguiling reveries of Gustav Klimt and his passionate and romantic consumption of Vienna's innovative world.
- Tue, May 04Online WebinarMay 04, 5:00 PM GMT+1 – May 18, 6:00 PM GMT+1Online WebinarFin-de-siecle Vienna was a crucible of innovation and experiment. Meet some of its artists and events that shaped their art, in this 3 part series by Andrew Spira. Each individual lecture can be enjoyed alone or as part of this series. More information below.
- Fri, May 07Online WebinarMay 07, 11:00 AM GMT+1Online WebinarA museum made up of all the stolen artworks that remain missing would house the most valuable collection ever known. This lecture looks at missing masterpieces such as Caravaggio’s Nativity with St Francis & St Laurence, Vermeer’s The Concert, and the missing panel from the Ghent Altarpiece.
- Tue, May 11Online WebinarMay 11, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1Online WebinarFin-de-siecle Vienna was a crucible of innovation and experiment. Klimt and Mahler were its passionate and romantic giants. Elsewhere in Europe, avant-garde art was often abstract but, in Vienna, it was the boundaries of sexual propriety that were breached. Egon Schiele was the main offender.
- Fri, May 14Online WebinarMay 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1Online WebinarViolent images are often explained away as a reflection of 17th c daily life, yet the relation between art & life is never determined nor fixed. This talk will explain why these images were so popular during the Baroque and still exert such a powerful influence over our imagination even to this day.
- Tue, May 18Online WebinarMay 18, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1Online WebinarKlimt&Schiele both died in 1918, but the tradition of Viennese modernism underwent its own uneasy development well into the 20th c, especially in the hands of Oscar Kokoschka. This talk will address the fortunes of Kokoschka who lived until 1980 & pioneering composer A.Schoenberg, who also painted.
- Time is TBDOnline WebinarTime is TBDOnline WebinarForced conversions, expulsions & the Inquisition carried out in the name of the Catholic Church required powerful religious images highlighting the suffering of Christ & His martyrs. This provided significant opportunities for artists like ElGreco, Zurbaran, Ribera, Sanchez-Cotan and Fernadez.