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Live and Recorded talks relating to:

the Renaissance

  • Mind your Mannerism
    Mind your Mannerism
    For a short period of time in the 16th century a small number of artists pushed the boundaries of how far one can push and shape the human form, working in an unnatural and affected "manner" (maniera). Join Mariska as she discusses this movement and the audience for which it was created.
  • Titian's Poesie Paintings
    Titian's Poesie Paintings
    Of the masterpieces series of 6 works that Titian painted for Philip II of Spain, 4 can be seen in London. Now split up, it is very likely you have seen them separately. Time to put them back into context!
  • 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!
  • Dürer's Rhinoceros
    Dürer's Rhinoceros
    In this talk, we explore the fate of Durer’s Rhinoceros, a gift from the ruler of the Gujarat Sultanate in Western India to Manuel II of Portugal in 1512, through the range of artistic responses it engendered. It is a fascinating story full of twists and turns. more information below
  • 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
  • The Art Market and the History of Selling Art
    The Art Market and the History of Selling Art
    This talk will discuss how art was produced, from the renaissance contract to commissions on-line. We will look at the role and history of the auction house, the importance of the picture dealer for setting taste and trends and how online auctions have flourished in the time of lockdown.
  • The Greatest Female Patrons in History: Isabella d'Este (1474–1539)
    The Greatest Female Patrons in History: Isabella d'Este (1474–1539)
    Known as the “Marchioness of Mantua”, Isabella was able to commission works by new & emerging artists. Mythological paintings and portraiture show off her personal interests & political power. These artists are now immortalized as some of the finest in history.
  • Heavenly Blues:  Mineral Colours in Ancient and Medieval Art.
    Heavenly Blues:  Mineral Colours in Ancient and Medieval Art.
    This lecture will provide an overview of different mineral & chemical blues, their role in trade, and a focus on the finer points of using precious Lapis Lazuli as a pigment.
  • 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: Italy
    The Early Renaissance: Italy
    This week we will be looking at the start of the Renaissance as it unfolded in Italy and why things started to change. Major shifts in representation, the status of the artist, and the importance of the individual all will be discussed. More information below
  • 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
  • The High Renaissance, Italy
    The High Renaissance, Italy
    The High Renaissance in Italy gives us some of the most well known and best loved artists and artworks. We will be looking at some its main players, what they brought to Art History, and what changes occurred compared to previous periods. more info below
  • Women’s work: lace, prints and painting in 16th century Europe
    Women’s work: lace, prints and painting in 16th century Europe
    This is the story of 1 of the most influential designers of 16th century Europe: Isabella Parasole. Her drawings contributed to scientific knowledge; her printmaking was famed & her lace designs shaped European fashion. more info below
  • TITIAN: Sex Race and Murder
    TITIAN: Sex Race and Murder
    A critical analysis of the National Gallery exhibition on Titian. How to interpret some deeply troubling depictions of lust, rape , sexism and racism which are all on show!
  • 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.
  • Spanish Art, the Beginnings: the Rise of Catholic Power
    Spanish Art, the Beginnings: the Rise of Catholic Power
    Art produced in the 15th century by Spanish artists blends fierce images of conquest with precise Netherlandish techniques of oil paint and the gold ground background to glorify the power of the church. Hattie will look at The Reconquista, the Inquisition, and Isabella's court painters.
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