Lectures 2019/2020 Membership Year Due to the latest Government advice regarding the Covid-19 virus, it has been decided to cancel both the April and May meetings. (The lectures scheduled for these two months we hope to rearrange and include in our 21/22 season.) If the situation continues beyond May 6th all existing members will receive detailed information by post. 3 June 2020 “The Splendours of North Africa - Roman & Islamic art of Libya, Tunisia and Morocco” by Christopher Bradley Fabulous Roman mosaics, imposing monuments and impressive villas attest to the great wealth of Leptis Magna, Cyrene, Oea, Sabratha and Carthage. We plunder the wealth of the Bardo and Tripoli museums to see the finest mosaics and statues of North Africa. In the 7th century Islam swept in from Arabia bringing a new architecture and decoration, which has remained ever since. Mosques, tombs and private houses in Fez, Rabat, Kairuwan and Tripoli often re-used Roman columns, but were lavishly enhanced with 'Zillij' tilework and delicate arabesque decorations. 1 July 2020 last lecture of the membership year. AGM please be seated by 10:30am “Nicholas and Alexandra, Tyrants and Martyrs of Imperial Russia” by Douglas Skeggs No synopsis yet. Programme for the 2020/2021 year October 7th 2020 1st lecture of the new membership year. “Flowers of Impressionist Youth. WW1 and their Remembrance” Lecturer: Caroline Holmes Following the end of the First World War in 1918, Monet’s great friend Georges Clemenceau, much to Winston Churchill’s disgust, at the Treaty of Versailles insisted on retribution for the ignominy of the 1870/71 Franco-Prussian War. These two wars frame the dissemination of Impressionism from Paris to its blossoming across the world and the flower of its youth from coming to die on the battlefields of the second. Through paintings and writings we trace the reactions of Monet and Renoir in France and actions of Australian Impressionists such as McCubbin, Streeton and Russell. The buoyant field poppies of Monet’s youth matured into his greatest decoration – Les Nymphéas. Frederick McCubbin Lost 1907 November 4th 2020 “Pompeii and Herculaneum. Their Life and Death”. Lecturer: Dr P. Roberts We go back in time to learn about the art, people and daily life of the amazing buried cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. In AD 79 an eruption of Mt Vesuvius destroyed two cities - Pompeii with its industry and urban grid, Herculaneum, smaller and more genteel. They are an archaeologist’s dream, a time capsule of artefacts, buildings and people. Pompeii and Vesuvius Smithsonian American Art Museum Robert S. Duncanson,1821/1872 December 2nd 2020 “A Day in the Life of a Picture Restorer”. Lecturer: Sarah Cove This lecture discuss the nature of oil painting materials, from the Middle Ages to the present day, and common problems associated with the ageing and deterioration of, and damage to, easel paintings. These can be on canvas, panel, board or paper in a range of mediums: oil, acrylic, egg tempera, or mixed media. Problems can involve natural deterioration and neglect, accidental damage, vandalism and even war – the most surprising event being a large hole caused by a Turkish cannon ball going through a picture in the 18th century!! Click here to read more about restoration. January 6th 2021 “A 21st Century Renaissance Chatsworth and the Devonshire Collection in the Modern Age” Lecturer: Simon Seligman Since the 1950s, Chatsworth and its collections have undergone a renaissance under the leadership of first the 11th, and now the 12th, Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. This lecture paints a portrait of Devonshire’s treasure house in the modern age, illustrating the extensive recent decorative and furnishing renovations in the house and the restoration of historic interiors, stone work and works of art. The lecture also includes work by modern and contemporary artists in the collection at Chatsworth including Lucian Freud, Elisabeth Frink, David Hockney and David Nash, to Richard Long, Allen Jones, Michael Craig-Martin and Edmund de Waal. Click here for the Chatsworth web site. February 3rd 2021 “Émile Gallé and René Lalique: Masters of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Glass”. Lecturer: Charles Hajdamach Exquisitely illustrated, this talk contrasts the achievements of the two great French glass masters against a backdrop of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The cameo vases of Gallé were the highlight of European glass epitomising the Symbolist movement in France. Lalique had started his career as a jeweller at the time of Gallé’s success but moved into the production of glass by 1910. He used many of the same images as his countryman but transformed them into stylish graphic designs which continue today to maintain the Lalique name in the forefront of desirable glass. Learn more about Galle Engraved crystal vase by Gallé, circa 1900 March 3rd 2021 “Now You See It, Now You Don’t”. (Illusion) Lecturer: Bertie Pearce April 7th 2021 “Lost on the Titanic. The Story of the Great Omar Binding”. Lecturer: Dominic Riley May 5th 2021 “World famous Photographic Images”. Lecturer: Brian Stater June 2nd 2021 “JW Turner and the Day Parliament Burned Down”. Lecturer: Caroline Shenton July 7th 2021 “Is it worth it? Fakes, Forgeries and fashion at the Art Market”. Lecturer: David Haycock
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Lectures 2019/2020 Membership Year Due to the latest Government advice regarding the Covid-19 virus, it has been decided to cancel both the April and May meetings. (The lectures scheduled for these two months we hope to rearrange and include in our 21/22 season.) If the situation continues beyond May 6th all existing members will receive detailed information by post. 3 June 2020 “The Splendours of North Africa - Roman & Islamic art of Libya, Tunisia and Morocco” by Christopher Bradley Fabulous Roman mosaics, imposing monuments and impressive villas attest to the great wealth of Leptis Magna, Cyrene, Oea, Sabratha and Carthage. We plunder the wealth of the Bardo and Tripoli museums to see the finest mosaics and statues of North Africa. In the 7th century Islam swept in from Arabia bringing a new architecture and decoration, which has remained ever since. Mosques, tombs and private houses in Fez, Rabat, Kairuwan and Tripoli often re-used Roman columns, but were lavishly enhanced with 'Zillij' tilework and delicate arabesque decorations. 1 July 2020 last lecture of the membership year. AGM please be seated by 10:30am “Nicholas and Alexandra, Tyrants and Martyrs of Imperial Russia” by Douglas Skeggs No synopsis yet. Programme for 2020/2021 Further details will follow in a few days. October 7th 2020 “Flowers of Impressionist Youth. WW1 and their Remembrance” Lecturer: Caroline Holmes November 4th 2020 “Pompeii and Herculaneum. Their Life and Death”. Lecturer: Dr P. Roberts December 2nd 2020 “A Day in the Life of a Picture Restorer”. Lecturer: Sarah Cove January 6th 2021 “A 21st Century Renaissance Chatsworth and the Devonshire Collection in the Modern Age” Lecturer: Simon Seligman February 3rd 2021 “Émile Gallé and René Lalique: Masters of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Glass”. Lecturer: Charles Hajdamach March 3rd 2021 “Now You See It, Now You Don’t”. (Illusion) Lecturer: Bertie Pearce April 7th 2021 “Lost on the Titanic. The Story of the Great Omar Binding”. Lecturer: Dominic Riley May 5th 2021 “World famous Photographic Images”. Lecturer: Brian Stater June 2nd 2021 “JW Turner and the Day Parliament Burned Down”. Lecturer: Caroline Shenton July 7th 2021 “Is it worth it? Fakes, Forgeries and fashion at the Art Market”. Lecturer: David Haycock
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