Programme New membership year 2018/19 28th November 2018 Aliki Braine Same Old, Same New…  You might think it's easy to spot the difference between contemporary and historical art, but how about what they have in common? Can old masters help us understand works such as 'the pile of bricks' and 'the unmade bed'? This lecture explores whether the old masters can help us understand modern works, and whether artists' intentions and strategies have really changed across the centuries. Click here for an article in the Independent on the Bricks. There is no lecture in December. 23rd January 2019 Giles Ramsay David Garrick: Actor and Impresario   David Garrick:  Actor and Impresario. Following the trauma of the English Civil War came the Restoration, a period of loucheness and scandal. With the return of a King and the arrival of the first English actresses the foundations were set for a more modern theatre to emerge in the 18th century under the influence of the greatest actor/manager of the age - David Garrick. Click here for information on David Garrick 27th February 2019  Brian Stater Women behind the Lens The work of women photographers has often been unfairly neglected. This lecture seeks to correct that by examining the contribution of three outstanding British practitioners; Julia Margaret Cameron, a Victorian pioneer, Jane Bown, a  brilliant portraitist and Fay Godwin, who excelled in landscape photography. We also explore the work of two highly influential Americans:  Dorothea Lange, who produced brilliant documentary images and Annie Leibovitz, who continues to both surprise and delight her audience.  Above: The Queen at 90 by Annie Leibovitz Click here for information on Annie Leibovitz Click here for the V&A page on Julia Margaret Cameron 27th March 2019 TBC 24th April 2019 Isabella Image Diocletian’s Palace at Split The late antique emperor Diocletian saved the empire from collapse by instituting a new system of government. However, his most enduring legacy was probably his wide-ranging building schemes which included renovation work at Palmyra, Luxor and the existing Senate House in the Roman Forum. This lecture looks at his monumental palace at Split (modern day Croatia) including the domed mausoleum and the southern facade along the sea front. We will also consider its impact on the young architect Robert Adam, leading to him publishing illustrations of the building and subsequently to its influence on neo-classicism and 18th century architecture. Above: Reconstruction of Diocletian's Palace in its original appearance upon completion in AD 305 (viewed from the south-west) Find out more about the Palace at Split Photos of Split 22nd May 2019 Susan Owens Royal Collectors: Victoria and Albert & their Art Queen Victoria and Prince Albert expressed their love for each other through art. Every birthday and Christmas they exchanged gifts of paintings, sculpture and jewellery, and they commissioned artists to record their lives together at Balmoral and Osborne House. They were keen amateur artists, sitting side-by-side to draw and to try their hand at etching. And they took pleasure in arranging their collection of portrait miniatures, drawings and prints in a special room the prince designed at Windsor Castle. We will look not only at glamorous paintings by Landseer and Winterhalter, but also at the lesser-known watercolours the couple took pleasure in arranging in their treasured ‘souvenir albums’. This lecture tells the story of these royal patrons and collectors who were every bit as passionate about art as they were about each other. Sensual portrait Victoria gave to Albert by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73) The Royal Collection web page on Victoria & Albert’s love of Art. 26th June 2019 John Iddon Vincent van Gogh in Britain  From March to August 2019 Tate Britain will open its first Van Gogh exhibition since 1947. His stay in Britain changed his vision of the world and himself, encouraging him to become an artist. This is an exciting opportunity for us to reveal the impact Britain had on Van Gogh as well as the enormous influence he had on British artists. Click here for the TATE page about the exhibition. 24th July 2019 (Summer Social - to be held at Devonshire Place, London Road) Janusz Karczewski-Slowikowski Are You Sitting Comfortably? A lecture on the development of the chair in terms of its construction and style from ancient times through to the 19th century and also its use as a symbol of power and authority in courtly ritual. Click here for the history of chairs.  (which has a great informative illustration of a chair in use) 25th September 2019: AGM* Lois Oliver Edouard Manet & Music Music was a constant theme in Manet’s life and art. His wife Suzanne Leenhoff was a gifted pianist, and regular musical soirées were held at the Manet family home. His pictures of musicians and their audiences range from major early canvases depicting itinerant gypsy musicians and Spanish dancers, through to paintings encompassing the full range of Parisian musical culture, from private performances to street entertainment, café concerts and the Paris Opera. Bringing together Manet’s art and the music that inspired him (including Spanish flamenco, Haydn string quartets, Wagner piano reductions, café songs, and opera highlights) this lecture immerses you in Manet’s world. Above: The Music Lesson 1868 Impressionism in Music This will be the last lecture of the 2018/19 membership year
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New membership year 2018/19  28th November 2018  Aliki Braine  Same Old, Same New…   You might think it's easy to spot the difference between contemporary and historical art, but how about what they have in common? Can old masters help us understand works such as 'the pile of bricks' and 'the unmade bed'? This lecture explores whether the old masters can help us understand modern works, and whether artists' intentions and strategies have really changed across the centuries.  Click here for an article in the Independent on the Bricks.   23rd January 2019  Giles Ramsay  David Garrick: Actor and Impresario   Following the trauma of the English Civil War came the Restoration, a period of loucheness and scandal. With the return of a King and the arrival of the first English actresses the foundations were set for a more modern theatre to emerge in the 18th century under the influence of the greatest actor/manager of the age - David Garrick.   Click here for information on David Garrick    27th February 2019  Brian Stater  Women behind the Lens   The work of women photographers has often been unfairly neglected. This lecture seeks to correct that by examining the contribution of three outstanding British practitioners; Julia Margaret Cameron, a Victorian pioneer, Jane Bown, a  brilliant portraitist and Fay Godwin, who excelled in landscape photography. We also explore the work of two highly influential Americans:  Dorothea Lange, who produced brilliant documentary images and Annie Leibovitz, who continues to both surprise and delight her audience.  Above: The Queen at 90 by Annie Leibovitz Click here for information on Annie Leibovitz Click here for the V&A page on Julia Margaret Cameron  27th March 2019  TBC    24th April 2019  Isabella Image  Diocletian’s Palace at Split   The late antique emperor Diocletian saved the empire from collapse by instituting a new system of government. However, his most enduring legacy was probably his wide-ranging building schemes which included renovation work at Palmyra, Luxor and the existing Senate House in the Roman Forum.   This lecture looks at his monumental palace at Split (modern day Croatia) including the domed mausoleum and the southern facade along the sea front. We will also consider its impact on the young architect Robert Adam, leading to him publishing illustrations of the building and subsequently to its influence on neo-classicism and 18th century architecture.  Above: Reconstruction of Diocletian's Palace in its original appearance upon completion in AD 305 (viewed from the south-west)  Find out more about the Palace at Split Photos of Split   22nd May 2019  Susan Owens  Royal Collectors: Victoria and Albert & their Art   Queen Victoria and Prince Albert expressed their love for each other through art. Every birthday and Christmas they exchanged gifts of paintings, sculpture and jewellery, and they commissioned artists to record their lives together at Balmoral and Osborne House. They were keen amateur artists, sitting side-by-side to draw and to try their hand at etching. And they took pleasure in arranging their collection of portrait miniatures, drawings and prints in a special room the prince designed at Windsor Castle.  We will look not only at glamorous paintings by Landseer and Winterhalter, but also at the lesser-known watercolours the couple took pleasure in arranging in their treasured ‘souvenir albums’. This lecture tells the story of these royal patrons and collectors who were every bit as passionate about art as they were about each other.   Sensual portrait Victoria gave to Albert by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73)  The Royal Collection web page on Victoria & Albert’s love of Art.   26th June 2019  John Iddon  Vincent van Gogh in Britain   From March to August 2019 Tate Britain will open its first Van Gogh exhibition since 1947. His stay in Britain changed his vision of the world and himself, encouraging him to become an artist. This is an exciting opportunity for us to reveal the impact Britain had on Van Gogh as well as the enormous influence he had on British artists.  Click here for the TATE page about the exhibition.   24th July 2019 (Summer Social - to be held at Devonshire Place, London Road)  Janusz Karczewski-Slowikowski  Are You Sitting Comfortably?   A lecture on the development of the chair in terms of its construction and style from ancient times through to the 19th century and also its use as a symbol of power and authority in courtly ritual.                Click here for the history of chairs (which has a great informative illustration of a chair in use)   25th September 2019: AGM*  Lois Oliver Edouard Monet & Music  Music was a constant theme in Manet’s life and art. His wife Suzanne Leenhoff was a gifted pianist, and regular musical soirées were held at the Manet family home. His pictures of musicians and their audiences range from major early canvases depicting itinerant gypsy musicians and Spanish dancers, through to paintings encompassing the full range of Parisian musical culture, from private performances to street entertainment, café concerts and the Paris Opera. Bringing together Manet’s art and the music that inspired him (including Spanish flamenco, Haydn string quartets, Wagner piano reductions, café songs, and opera highlights) this lecture immerses you in Manet’s world. Above: The Music Lesson 1868  Impressionism in Music    This will be the last lecture of the 2018/19 membership year
Web site and mobile phone pages designed, created and maintained by Janet Groome, Handshake Computer Training