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Lectures 2021 Lectures will continue on Zoom until safe to do otherwise. 27 May 2021 11am on Zoom Vermeer’s Shadow: Han van Meegeren Malcolm Kenwood Dutch artist and forger Han Van Meegeren committed the most lucrative, audacious art fraud of the 20th Century. Today he is renowned as the man who Made Vermeer’s and duped a certain buyer, Reichsmarschall Herman Göring. This lecture explores his extraordinary life, from a childhood passion for the 17th century painters of the Dutch Golden age. His mixed fortune as an artist in his own right before developing a career as an art forger and criminal fraudster. It reveals how he slowly evolved the techniques to deceive the most authoritative art historians of the day. He flourished just before and during the Second World War with a prodigious output of forged works eagerly purchased by wealthy Dutchmen. Despite the tumultuous conditions of that period he generated incredible wealth. Van Meegeren enjoyed an exotic lifestyle of wine, women and locations. The sale of his “Vermeer” “Christ with the Adulteress” in 1943 to Göring would ultimately lead to his downfall and arrest in 1945 as a collaborator, punishable by death. An incredible story of cunning, greed, treason, love and life. Han van Meegeren (1899-1947) - Woman Playing Music, after Vermeer, 1935-36 Click here for more information on Han van Meegeren 24 June 2021 11am on Zoom Vincent Van Gogh In Arles Brian Healey The eighteen months that Vincent Van Gogh spent in Provence are amongst the most turbulent and written about in the whole of art history, yet only recently have some of the most fascinating details surrounding his time there come to light. The lecture examines the background to Vincent’s fascination with the South where he hoped to find the light of Japan, and establish a studio of the South led by Paul Gaugin. Through close examination of the Arles paintings the lecture shows how over the course of just 18 months his own unique style finally emerged, but only after an appalling act of self-mutilation. The build up to the crisis is a fascinating story, rendered all the more poignant by its tragic aftermath and about which much controversy still remains. La Chambre à Arles, by Vincent van Gogh 26 August 2021 11am on Zoom Botanical Art and Illustration Timothy Walker Many people now carry a phone with a camera capable of taking very high- quality pictures, and yet the painting of botanical specimens persists with new Florilegium Societies still being formed. Why is a drawing and painting still considered to be superior to a digital image? This talk looks at the history of botanical illustration from drawings made on rocks 20,000 years ago to the present day, taking in the lives of both the artists and the plants immortalised in the artwork. 23 September 2021 11am on Zoom The Sunflower in Art and Culture Dr Twigs Way A fascinating talk exploring the many depictions, myths and cultural roles of that most glorious of plants, the sunflower. Tracing its origins from South America, its association with the god Apollo, to its role in art as personification of kings starring in depictions by artists from van Dyck to van Gogh. Worshipped by the aesthetes and arts and crafts movements it found favour in the gardens of the Impressionists, and led a touch of magic to the humbler cottage garden. From Clytie to Klimt this is the extraordinary tale of an extraordinary plant. Photo: George Chernilevsky 28 October 2021 11am on Zoom The Hazards of the Journey, Travel in the Middle Ages Imogen Corrigan What possessed people to trudge hundreds of miles, often in appalling conditions and sometimes perishing on the way? This lecture considers this question and also how there was a shift from spiritual wandering in the AngloSaxon period to religious tourism in the days of Chaucer’s pilgrims. It also looks closely at travel in general and the hazards of the journey: how did people organise themselves for long journeys and how safe was it? How should they provide for themselves and where might they find help? From maps and motivation to souvenirs and shrines, this lecture discusses travel in the round as well as specifically for spiritual reasons. 25 November 2021 11am on Zoom Image and History: Art at the Lansdowne Club Pamela Campbell-Johnston The current art collection at the Lansdowne Club highlights the fascinating architectural, social and political history of Lansdowne House, now home to this private members' Club. Through 18th century prints, oils, photography, modern silkscreens, lithographs and mixed media works, the image and history of this Grade II building comes to life. Located in Mayfair, central London, the internal fabric of this important building beautifully fuses 18th century neo-classical architecture with the highly fashionable Art Deco style and serves as an eye-catching home for the current modern British art collection. The talk will examine the original floor plan as designed by the celebrated Scottish architect, Robert Adam and the changes thereafter by renowned architects George Dance the Younger, Sir Robert Smirke and TH Wyatt. This fully illustrated presentation will also highlight key works in the modern British art collection by artists such as Nigel Bengstrom, Jennifer Dickson RA, Michelle McKinney and Richard Heep, demonstrating how current commissions and acquisitions can complement the heritage of this historic building. As former home to a past British Prime Minister, Lord Shelburne (1st Marquis of Lansdowne) and to Harry Gordon Selfridge, the department store magnate, Members will also be regaled with stories of intrigue and passion as reflected in the art collection.
Lectures 2021 Membership Year 2021 Lectures will continue on Zoom until safe to do otherwise. May 27 2021 11am on Zoom Vermeer’s Shadow: Han van Meegeren Malcolm Kenwood Dutch artist and forger Han Van Meegeren committed the most lucrative, audacious art fraud of the 20th Century. Today he is renowned as the man who Made Vermeer’s and duped a certain buyer, Reichsmarschall Herman Göring. This lecture explores his extraordinary life, from a childhood passion for the 17th century painters of the Dutch Golden age. His mixed fortune as an artist in his own right before developing a career as an art forger and criminal fraudster. It reveals how he slowly evolved the techniques to deceive the most authoritative art historians of the day. He flourished just before and during the Second World War with a prodigious output of forged works eagerly purchased by wealthy Dutchmen. Despite the tumultuous conditions of that period he generated incredible wealth. Van Meegeren enjoyed an exotic lifestyle of wine, women and locations. The sale of his “Vermeer” “Christ with the Adulteress” in 1943 to Göring would ultimately lead to his downfall and arrest in 1945 as a collaborator, punishable by death. An incredible story of cunning, greed, treason, love and life. Han van Meegeren (1899-1947) - Woman Playing Music, after Vermeer, 1935-36 Click here for more information on Han van Meegeren June 24 2021 11am on Zoom(?) Vincent Van Gogh In Arles Brian Healey The eighteen months that Vincent Van Gogh spent in Provence are amongst the most turbulent and written about in the whole of art history, yet only recently have some of the most fascinating details surrounding his time there come to light. The lecture examines the background to Vincent’s fascination with the South where he hoped to find the light of Japan, and establish a studio of the South led by Paul Gaugin. Through close examination of the Arles paintings the lecture shows how over the course of just 18 months his own unique style finally emerged, but only after an appalling act of self-mutilation. The build up to the crisis is a fascinating story, rendered all the more poignant by its tragic aftermath and about which much controversy still remains. La Chambre à Arles, by Vincent van Gogh August 26 2021 11am Botanical Art and Illustration Timothy Walker Many people now carry a phone with a camera capable of taking very high-quality pictures, and yet the painting of botanical specimens persists with new Florilegium Societies still being formed. Why is a drawing and painting still considered to be superior to a digital image? This talk looks at the history of botanical illustration from drawings made on rocks 20,000 years ago to the present day, taking in the lives of both the artists and the plants immortalised in the artwork. September 23 2021 11am The Sunflower in Art and Culture Dr Twigs Way A fascinating talk exploring the many depictions, myths and cultural roles of that most glorious of plants, the sunflower. Tracing its origins from South America, its association with the god Apollo, to its role in art as personification of kings starring in depictions by artists from van Dyck to van Gogh. Worshipped by the aesthetes and arts and crafts movements it found favour in the gardens of the Impressionists, and led a touch of magic to the humbler cottage garden. From Clytie to Klimt this is the extraordinary tale of an extraordinary plant. Photo: George Chernilevsky October 28 2021 11am The Hazards of the Journey, Travel in the Middle Ages Imogen Corrigan What possessed people to trudge hundreds of miles, often in appalling conditions and sometimes perishing on the way? This lecture considers this question and also how there was a shift from spiritual wandering in the AngloSaxon period to religious tourism in the days of Chaucer’s pilgrims. It also looks closely at travel in general and the hazards of the journey: how did people organise themselves for long journeys and how safe was it? How should they provide for themselves and where might they find help? From maps and motivation to souvenirs and shrines, this lecture discusses travel in the round as well as specifically for spiritual reasons. November 25 2021 11am Image and History: Art at the Lansdowne Club Pamela Campbell-Johnston The current art collection at the Lansdowne Club highlights the fascinating architectural, social and political history of Lansdowne House, now home to this private members' Club. Through 18th century prints, oils, photography, modern silkscreens, lithographs and mixed media works, the image and history of this Grade II building comes to life. Located in Mayfair, central London, the internal fabric of this important building beautifully fuses 18th century neo-classical architecture with the highly fashionable Art Deco style and serves as an eye- catching home for the current modern British art collection. The talk will examine the original floor plan as designed by the celebrated Scottish architect, Robert Adam and the changes thereafter by renowned architects George Dance the Younger, Sir Robert Smirke and TH Wyatt. This fully illustrated presentation will also highlight key works in the modern British art collection by artists such as Nigel Bengstrom, Jennifer Dickson RA, Michelle McKinney and Richard Heep, demonstrating how current commissions and acquisitions can complement the heritage of this historic building. As former home to a past British Prime Minister, Lord Shelburne (1st Marquis of Lansdowne) and to Harry Gordon Selfridge, the department store magnate, Members will also be regaled with stories of intrigue and passion as reflected in the art collection.
Web site designed, created and maintained by Janet Groome, Handshake Computer Training.