lecture programme 2022
LOCATION AND TIMES
Our lectures take at 3 pm and 7 pm on the first Wednesday of each month, except January and August in the Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne.
Please arrive at the Hall to check in at least 15 minutes before the scheduled lecture time so that you and the check-in team can be seated before the doors are closed five minutes before the lecture. Members are asked to have their plastic membership cards ready to ease the check-in process.
We welcome visitors to our lectures. There is a Visitor Charge of £7. Please register and pay online by clicking on the button below.
While registration and payment online is preferred visitors to the Digby Hall can also register and pay by card (preferred) or cash at the door.
6th July 2022
The Gateway to Eternity
This lecture aims to introduce people to the world of icons and at their role in the Orthodox church where they are still regarded as intermediaries between the material and spiritual worlds.
7th September 2022
The Queen of Instruments
The Lute in Old Master Paintings
(Accompanied by Adam on his Lute)
From the golden-haired lute-playing angels of the Italian Renaissance, through to the 17th century when the lute became the pastime of educated courtiers; then to intimate interior scenes of Jan Steen and Franz Hals emphasising transient pleasures…accompanied by Adam on his own lute.
5th October 2022
The most Infamous Family in History?
Murder, poison, corruption, incest…but were the Borgias really so bad? Sometimes truth is more intoxicating than myth.
2nd November 2022
Caravaggio – Rebel on the Run
Caravaggio was the definitive bad boy of art history. His meteoric rise to fame ended abruptly following a particularly violent and bloody brawl. This lecture explores in particular the last 4 years of his life, a period of extraordinary creative activity when the artist was forced to leave Rome, realising that his life was in danger.
7th December 2022
Toulouse-Lautrec and the Golden Age of Cabaret
Toulouse-Lautrec’s life is both a triumph against adversity and a glimpse into late 19th century society in Paris. Julian looks at the careers of the leading cabaret artists who were the subject of Lautrec’s art including La Goulue, Jane Avril, Yvette Guilbert, May Milton, the clown Cha-U-Kao and Aristide Bruant, as well as at some of the well known venues such as Le Rat Mort, the Moulin Rouge, the Divan Japonais and the Moulin de la Galette. This is a lively view of La Belle Époque seen through the eyes of an artist from an aristocratic family.