Drawing on examples from 600 years of art history, including the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Hans Holbein, Rembrandt and Joseph Wright of Derby, and also covering modern art movements such as Cubism, this lecture offers a new perspective on how the history of art can illuminate aspects of science and what happens when scientists view art.
This colourful lecture explores the relationship between an extraordinary American painter and an equally remarkable place: the picturesque state of New Mexico. Having visited the mountain art colony of Taos for the first time in 1929, she moved permanently to New Mexico after World War II. Fascinated by the mountains and desert, adobe churches and sun-bleached bones, and above all by the brilliant light and vast skies of the state they call the Land of Enchantment, O’Keeffe painted constantly. She was a fearless explorer, setting off alone into the empty landscape in a battered old car, and a tremendous character. Drawing on twenty years’ personal experience of New Mexico and an archive of personal photographs and reminiscences, this lecture brings to life one of America’s greatest artists, and one of its most beautiful places.
In 1915 Churchill was rescued from depression by the ‘muse of painting’. Painting was the mainstay that enabled one of our greatest national leaders to achieve what he did. Churchill’s paintings record landscapes from the Riviera, to Blenheim, Chartwell and Marrakech. The most fascinating aspects of this exploration of a talent beyond the mere amateur is the role it played in his personal and political life, the restorative power of the process of painting, and the insight it allows us into the art of his age. Churchill took lessons from Lavery, Sickert and Nicholson, and the choices he made tell us much about the colour, texture and direction of art in the early-twentieth century
Jean, Duc de Berry was the son of the King of France and ruled over one of the most glittering courts of Europe. A great patron, he also commissioned some of the most beautiful works of art of the 14th and early 15th centuries, the most renowned today being the illuminated manuscript of the Très Riches Heures by three Flemish artists, the Limbourg Brothers. 2016 will be the 600th anniversary of the death of Jean de Berry and his three artists so a perfect reason to look again at the life of this illustrious duke and how it was reflected in this beautiful manuscript and, in turn, its influence on future artists.
Although upward of a hundred pleasure gardens are known to have thrived in 18th century London, it was Vauxhall, with its walks, triumphal arches, statues and reputation for scandal, that became the firm favourite with Londoners and visitors alike. For the price of a shilling, patrons could stroll through the groves accompanied by the voices of nature, or – if they wished – could dine to the popular melodies of the day, borne high on the evening air from the famous Orchestra. Drawing on period newspapers and diaries, digital images, and music in the Vauxhall Gardens’ repertoire, Peter Medhurst gives a vivid impression of cultural life at London’s first ‘South Bank’. Music performed includes: The Lass with the Delicate Air – M Arne, Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind – TA Arne, Hornpipe for Vauxhall 1740 – GF Handel, Allegro from Organ Concerto in C – TA Arne, Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill – J Hook, and Farewell to Vauxhall – J Lampe.
Toys form an intimate part of our own personal histories, yet they are also universal. Many of the toys we know today were played with in ancient times. Marbles from the Stone Age have been found in Austria. Greek and Roman children amused themselves with rattles, balls, spinning tops, dolls that had jointed limbs, and pull-along animals on wheels. Around 3000 years ago, kites were flown in China.
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