Programme Membership year 2018/19 27th March 2019 Nicholas Watkins The Horse, Modernity and Modern Art from George Stubbs (1724-1806) to Mark Wallinger (born 1959) The horse is so rooted within the psyche of the Western imagination that it has maintained its expressive power, as the current production of War Horse so eloquently testifies. The lecture traces major themes from Stubbs, the greatest horse painter of all time, to Degas, Duchamp-Villon’s Large Horse, a modern metaphor of horsepower, Munning’s horses as defining images of Englishness, Picasso’s agonised horse in its death throes in Guernica (1937) which expresses the horrendous destruction of the city in the Spanish Civil War. The lecture concludes with the very diverse ways in which our leading contemporary artists have made use of the expressive power of the equestrian image. Mark Wallinger’s gigantic 50 metre high horse will soon loom over the Kent countryside in Ebbsfleet.  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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Membership year 2018/19  27th March 2019 Nicholas Watkins  The Horse, Modernity and Modern Art from George Stubbs (1724-1806) to Mark Wallinger (born 1959)  The horse is so rooted within the psyche of the Western imagination that it has maintained its expressive power, as the current production of War Horse so eloquently testifies. The lecture traces major themes from Stubbs, the greatest horse painter of all time, to Degas, Duchamp-Villon’s Large Horse, a modern metaphor of horsepower, Munning’s horses as defining images of Englishness, Picasso’s agonised horse in its death throes in Guernica (1937) which expresses the horrendous destruction of the city in the Spanish Civil War. The lecture concludes with the very diverse ways in which our leading contemporary artists have made use of the expressive power of the equestrian image. Mark Wallinger’s gigantic 50 metre high horse will soon loom over the Kent countryside in Ebbsfleet.  The Horse, Modernity and Modern Art from George Stubbs (1724-1806) to Mark Wallinger (born 1959)   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