Meetings and Days of Special Interest 2020- 2021

The rise and fall of a military genius in art: above and 

below

 

2020

November 4

NAPOLEON AND HIS ARTISTS

Barry Venning

It is intended this lecture will go ahead subject to prevailing Government guidelines both live in the hall and on Zoom Webinar

The French painter Girodet spoke for all those who worked for Napoleon when he said “We were all conscripted, but not all of us wore the uniform”. Bonaparte’s brilliant exploits in the Revolutionary Wars attracted artists from the earliest stages in his career and he made systematic use of art as propaganda to reveal himself as soldier, peacemaker, lawgiver and the possessor of semi-divine imperial power. He was fortunate to have at his command the greatest artists of the era, including Jacques Louis David, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Antonio Canova and the lesser known Charles-Antoine, Baron Gros, who produced some of the most astounding Napoleonic pictures. The lecture concludes by looking at the less flattering images of Napoleon that were produced in Britain and Germany.

Barry Venning is a historian of British Art with a particular interest in the work of J M W Turner, on whom he has published widely, including the volume on Turner in Phaidon’s Art & Ideas series and several catalogue essays for exhibitions in the UK, Germany, Italy and Poland. He was the BBC’s script consultant and expert commentator for a 2005 documentary on Turner’s Fighting Temeraire and has recently taken part (2013) in a BBC documentary called The Genius of Turner: Painting the Industrial Revolution. He has also published a study of John Constable’s paintings. His interests and his teaching extend from medieval architecture to contemporary British art. He is currently Associate Lecturer in the History of Art with the Open University and lecturing on a freelance basis for Nadfas, Christie’s Education and other organisations.  

DAY OF SPECIAL INTEREST

Wednesday 25 November

ART, MUSIC AND LITERATURE IN RUSSIAN SOCIETY

Rosamund Bartlett

It is intended the Study Day will go ahead subject to prevailing Government guidelines live in the hall only. The lecture is not suited for Zoom transmission.

Rosamund Bartlett follows her lecture in May by discussing three of her favourite topics - Art and Music and Literature - as they have developed in, been affected by and influenced Russian society. 

Rosamund 

Rosamund Bartlett is a writer, scholar, translator and lecturer specialising in Russian literature. She graduated from Durham University with a first-class degree in Russian and went on to complete a doctorate at Oxford.

She is the author of Tolstoy: A Russian Life (2010) and has translated Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (2014). She is also the author of Chekhov: Scenes from a Life (2004) and has translated two volumes of Anton Chekhov's short stories.

December 2

INN SIGNIA

Pub signs, the artwork and the stories behind their names

John Ericson

It is intended this lecture will go ahead subject to prevailing Government guidelines both live in the hall and on Zoom Webinar

According to a recent article in the Daily Telegraph we are losing 12 pubs a week - that’s over 600 a year and a significant part of our cultural heritage and landscape.

Inns and public houses are a rich part of Britain’s heritage. Their signs provide us with an abundantly illustrated guide to both our history and our cultural heritage.

Currently there are about 50,000 pubs in the UK with an extraordinary 17,000 different names but why are there
so many pubs called the ‘Red Lion’,

the ‘Crown’ or ‘White Hart’?

In this colourful and entertaining lecture John shows some of the most interesting and distinctive signs and explores the fascinating stories behind the origins of some of their peculiar names. Who could fail to be intrigued by the stories behind the ‘Bucket of Blood’, the ‘Blazing Donkey’, the ‘Cow and Snuffers’ or even the ‘Eager Poet’ - and who on earth was ‘Blind Jack’?

2021

January 6

 GRINLING GIBBONS

 Carver to the Crown

  Caroline Knight

February 3

  DAME LAURA KNIGHT

  Rosalind Whyte

March 3

  BERTHE MORISOT

  Une Finesse Fragonardienne

  Lois Oliver

DAY OF SPECIAL INTEREST

Wednesday 10 March

THE CLASSICAL MUSIC CRASH COURSE

Sandy Burnett

April 7

  BASINGSTOKE AND ITS CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD CULTURE  

  Rupert Willoughby

May 5

  A LONGER LOOK

  Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘Christ Mocked’

  Sian Walters

June 2

  BORN OF THE LANDSCAPE

  Norwegian Arts from Stave Churches to Snohetta

  Rosamund Bartlett

July 7

  A SYMPHONY IN BLUE - JACQUES MAJORELLE  

  The Artist, Couturier and ‘Atlas the most Fabulous Mountaine in all Africke’

  Caroline Holmes

September 1

  FROM DOWNTON TO GATSBY

  Andrew Prince

October 7 – following AGM 10.30am

  A CARPET RIDE TO KHIVA

  Exploring the revival of 15c Timurid Carpet designs from Persian illuminated manuscripts

  Chris Alexander

November 3

  PEGGY GUGGENHEM

  Alexandra Epps

DAY OF SPECIAL INTEREST

Wednesday 10 November

WHY PARIS?  THE ALLURE OF THE CITY OF LIGHT 1900- 1945

Mary Alexander

December 3

  IN THE KINGDOM OF SWEETS

  Nigel Bates

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