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Giants of the 17th Century

A divided Europe pitted Calvinist restraint against the flamboyance of Catholic church and courts, served by an extraordinary array of artists and art forms - landscape in Holland, extravagant allegory for the courts, the drama of baroque architecture, and portraits which captured the personalities of the age. This series will concentrate on three exceptional near-contemporaries,

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£66.00 – £550.00

Telling Tales: Myths And Legends, Facts And Fictions Story-Telling In European Art

Story-telling is a key component of human culture. This series of illustrated lectures will look at some of the many different traditions of narration that have pervaded the art of the West since its inception, addressing the universal stories of myth, religion and history, as well as the innumerable personal and private stories of individuals.

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£66.00 – £330.00

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Cities Of Light, Cities Of Darkness: Vienna And Paris Around 1900

Vienna and Paris are rarely brought into ‘conversation’ with each other. Yet the cross-currents between these two great cities around 1900 powered exciting, sometimes disturbing new visions in European art and thought which resonated throughout the twentieth century. We will examine the ways artists and other cultural figures – writers, musicians, and architects – shaped

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£66.00 – £550.00

Great Italian Dynastic Art Collectors: Their Palaces, Villas And Chapels

This series of illustrated lectures surveys the collecting cultures of Renaissance and Post-Renaissance Italy by focusing on the artistic production and consumption of five powerful Italian dynasties and their artists.  Some of the original more portable works have been dispersed to the art market over the centuries and we will study the subsequent provenance of

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The English Renaissance: England under the Tudors

In just 3 generations, the upstart Tudor clan not only produced some of the more dramatic personalities and legends of the monarchy but took the country from the Middle Ages into the great artistic “rebirth” of the Continent, from stained glass and manuscripts for Henry VII to Renaissance portraits for his son and grandchildren, from

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£73.00 – £488.00

The Spider’s Web

“Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners” Virginia Woolf All the writers in this short series draw inspiration and support from those closest to them. Where would Jane Austen have been without the support of her sister Cassandra, or Virginia Woolf without

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£73.00 – £244.00

Designs for Living

The ideal city or home has long been a preoccupation of thinkers, rulers, and architects. These lectures, mostly focused on western examples, range widely over time, and are loosely themed to discuss particular visions of models for dwelling, working and display. We will discuss both those which were built (or at least attempted) and schemes

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£73.00 – £305.00

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