lecture programme to December 2021

ZOOM LECTURES
While Covid-19 continues to be a threat we are holding our lectures on Zoom. These are usually at 5pm unless otherwise stated. Please log in 15 minutes earlier. Members and visitors who have registered are sent log-in details in advance of each lecture. To log-in successfully you will need to have signed up to Zoom and to have signed in. You can sign up using the button below. If you have problems with this please contact us.
DIGBY HALL LECTURES
Lectures will resume in the hall as soon as possible. We anticipate a period in which lectures will be presented live on Zoom directly from the Hall.
VISITORS

We welcome visitors to our lectures, both on Zoom or in the Digby Hall. Costs are:

  • Zoom:  £ 5, billed after the event
  • Hall:  £ 7, payable at the door

 

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3 March 2021

Two Women who Scandalised the Art World

Julian Halsby

Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) became a successful model, and appears  in paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir and Degas. Degas encouraged her talent as an artist, and her work now seems amazingly modern. The Marchesa Luisa Casati (1881-1957) was a fashion icon and a legend in her own time. She recklessly spent her huge fortune and was renowned for her extravagant parties in her palace on the Grand Canal. She was painted by Augustas John, van Dongan, and others, and was photographed by Man Ray and Cecil Beaton

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7 April 2021

Foreigners in London 1520-1677

The artists who changed the course of British Art

Leslie Primo

Why were foreign painters preferred by the aristocracy in London to native-born English painters. Why did foreigners come in the first place, what was their motivation, and what was the impact of foreigners in London on English art and art practice?

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5 May 2021

Sicilian Splendours

From Greece to the Normans

Dr Paul Roberts

We look at the rich art, architecture and history of Sicily – the largest and wealthiest island of the ancient Mediterranean

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2 June 2021

Undressing Antiques

“Antiques. I don’t understand them and they’re beyond my budget. They’re not for me.”

Mark Hill

A persuasive introduction to buying antiques and integrating and using them in today’s homes.  We look at what current and future generations of collectors of antiques are buying, why they are buying them and how they are displayed

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7 July 2021

Art Transported

How did it get here from where it was made? Who owned it before?

Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe

We love standing in a museum gazing at a painting by Titian or Caravaggio, but we rarely question where it was before it came to be in that museum, or who in earlier times stood in front of it and gazed, nor by what practical means it got there. This lecture will delve into the astonishing history of the movement of art works

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1 September 2021

Passionate Potters

de Morgan to Leach

Julian Richards

This lecture explores the lives of these truly passionate potters  and celebrates their extraordinary and beautiful creations. William de Morgan, the Martin brothers, Sir Edmund Elton and finally, Bernard Leach, created a legacy that is still alive today

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6 October 2021

A 21st century Renaissance

Chatsworth and the Devonshires

Simon Seligman

Chatsworth has undergone a renaissance under the leadership of first, the 11th, and now the 12th, Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. This portrait of the Devonshire’s treasure house in the modern age illustrates the extensive renovations, and the restoration of historic interiors and works of art. It includes work by modern artists including Lucian Freud, Elisabeth Frink, David Hockney and others

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3 November 2021

Beautiful. Beastly, Bizarre

The art of Hieronymous Bosch

Paula Nuttall

Bosch’s paintings of nightmarish monsters, demons and bizarre allegories, have intrigued viewers for centuries. The meanings of his enigmatic paintings are unravelled and explained, while their beauty and inventiveness is also revealed

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1 December 2021

Food and Art through the Ages

From Renaissance sugar sculpture to 3D printing

Tasha Marks

A whistle-stop tour of the history of food as an artistic medium, starting with 16th century sugar sculpture and venturing all the way up to 3D dessert printing and beyond.  A treat for those with a sweet tooth, as Marks feels the subject of food and art through the ages is most exciting in the realms of the dessert. This exploration of dessert as spectacle includes an accompanying display to illustrate and enhance this historic subject