Mar
28
Tue
Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear: The Gospel According to Mark
Mar 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear: The Gospel According to Mark @ St Paul's Cathedral | England | United Kingdom

Mark is the earliest of the Gospels, the one written closest to Jesus’ lifetime. It is short, urgent, passionate and dramatic and reads a little like a front-line despatch from Christ’s life and death. Often we hear the Gospels in short sections, but it can be a revelation to read – or hear – the whole of the story at once.

Just before Holy Week, we will have a unique opportunity to hear the Gospel of Mark in its entirety, read by one of the great actors of our times in St Paul’s Cathedral. The evening will be a dramatic reading of the Gospel, without commentary.

David Suchet is one of the best-known and best-loved actors of his generation. He has worked for the RSC, in the West End and on Broadway, and his most famous role is Hercule Poirot in the long-running television series. In 2011 he was awarded a CBE for services to drama, and in 2014 was given a lifetime achievement award by the Royal Television Society for his performance as Poirot. Raised without religion, he was converted by reading Romans 8 in a hotel Bible.

A practicing Anglican, he has made highly successful BBC documentary series following in the footsteps of St Paul and St Peter, is Vice-President of the Bible Society and his best-selling audio book of the Bible, released in 2014 by Hodder, fulfilled a 27 year ambition.

This event is subject to David Suchet’s availability.

Mar
29
Wed
Cosmological proliferation in an anthropology of Eurasia
Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Cosmological proliferation in an anthropology of Eurasia @ The British Academy | England | United Kingdom

Some turns in a ‘journey to the West’: Cosmological proliferation in an anthropology of Eurasia

In the anthropology of ‘ontologies’, cosmologies are commonly characterised as distinct. But this does not take account of the overlapping nature of the ‘cultures’ or ‘civilisations’ to which they refer. Understanding society as the internal and external relations of persons, things and divinities, we can in fact see different ideas of selfhood and otherness as recurring transformations of each other.

In Eurasia, this is especially true. Here, ‘cultures’ or ‘civilisations’ have been at the same time different and related as well as ‘similar’. Furthermore, the so-called ‘great’ and ‘little’ traditions making up Eurasian cosmologies are really class-based distinctions, which are reversible over time. The little traditions – whose ‘life-giving myths’ and ‘animism’ have made the anthropologies of the south (e.g., Australia, South America, and Melanesia) and the north (e.g., the frontiers of the Arctic Circle and Siberia) relevant to those of the east and west – appear to be the more resilient.

Speaker: Professor Wang Mingming, Peking University
Chaired by: Professor David Parkin FBA, University of Oxford

About the speaker:
Professor Wang Mingming is one of the most prolific anthropologists in contemporary East Asia. He is Professor of Anthropology at the Institute of Sociology and Anthropology, Peking University. Among his numerous published works on anthropology, history, and cosmology, are Empire and Local Worlds: A Chinese Model for Long-Term Historical Anthropology (LeftCoast, 2009), “All under heaven (tianxia): Cosmological perspectives and political ontologies in pre-modern China” (Hau, 2012), and and The West as the Other: A Genealogy of Chinese Occidentalism (2014, CUP).

FREE. Registration not required.Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis

Mar
30
Thu
How should we think of justice? Lessons from South Sudan
Mar 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

In the third of the British Academy’s ‘Global Perspectives’ series, renowned author and commentator on African politics and society Mahmood Mamdani will consider How should we think of justice? Lessons from South Sudan.

The demand for an end to impunity is today at the forefront of the call for an international regime of criminal justice. There are two problems with this demand: the first is that it translates the call for a universal norm into a ‘one-size-fits-all’ prescription, regardless of context; the second is that it reduces all violence to criminal violence, making it a matter of strictly individual responsibility. Mahmood’s objective in this lecture will be to distinguish criminal from political violence and criminal from political justice and explain the stakes involved in not doing so.

Speaker: Professor Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, Columbia University
Chair: Professor Ash Amin CBE FBA, Foreign Secretary and Vice-President, British Academy

FREE. Registration required at www.britac.ac.uk/events/global-perspectiveshow-should-we-think-justice-lessons-south-sudan

Mar
31
Fri
Marc Quinn in conversation
Mar 31 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Marc Quinn in conversation @ The National Gallery | England | United Kingdom

Hear sculptor Marc Quinn discuss how the work of Michelangelo has inspired his own creative practice.

Biography

Marc Quinn is a leading British contemporary artist. His works include ‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’ (2005–2007), a sculpture on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth; ‘Evolution’ (2005), comprising nine large sculptural components and one rock of unhewn marble (pictured) which reference Michelangelo’s unfinished sculpture, ‘Dying Slave’ (1513–16, now in the Louvre); and ‘Self’, a sculpture of Quinn’s head, made with his own frozen blood (an ongoing project, first made in 1991). Quinn’s work frequently connects in a meaningful way with art history, from antiquity to modern masters.

The wondrous world of perovskites
Mar 31 @ 7:20 pm – 8:45 pm
The wondrous world of perovskites @ Royal Institution | England | United Kingdom

The crystalline materials known as Perovskites make up 38% of the volume of the earth. Moreover, they have many very important practical uses, for example in electronics, ultrasonics and in thermal sensing devices. So what are they exactly? Mike Glazer will explain how tiny changes in their crystal structures can lead to such a vast array of different properties and why they are so important in our daily lives.

This Discourse is supported by the Bragg Lecture Fund.

Apr
5
Wed
How to be a science teacher w/@alomshaha
Apr 5 @ 7:30 pm
How to be a science teacher w/@alomshaha @ The Star and Garter | London | United Kingdom

Alom Shaha has spent most of his professional life sharing his passion for science and education with the public and currently splits his time between teaching physics and producing and presenting educational videos. In this talk, Alom tells the story of his first scientific discovery, how and why he became a science teacher, the challenges and rewards of the job, what he thinks science education is for, and how parents can contribute positively to their children’s science education.

Alom is a physics teacher at a comprehensive school in London. When he’s not teaching, he works as a film-maker, writer and science communicator. Alom is a trustee of the British Humanist Association, and is the author of The Young Atheist’s Handbook.

Apr
25
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (1/10)
Apr 25 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (1/10) @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography. It will also explore whether a portrait has to convey an accurate likeness and how artists went about trying to convey “character”.

EARLY PORTRAITURE AND THE NEED FOR LIKENESS: From C6th– C16th

In the first lecture you will look at early C6th depictions, the impact of Christianity on portraiture and its conflicting ideologies on the use and alleged misuse of images. You will also examine the rise of the likeness portrait (and the need for likeness) as opposed to the portrait.

Apr
26
Wed
The Course, Creation (Rivers and Lakes) 6/15
Apr 26 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (Rivers and Lakes) 6/15 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks. 

This inspirationally compelling new course creates strength and variety from the vastness of its subject: the Creation of the World and everything in it as encountered by artists and writers throughout the centuries. Now we can read, look at, see what they saw from hill-top, valley-side, shore-line, doorway and windowsill across land, sea and sky: the Earth, and human life in all its glory and diversity. Each week’s programme names just some of the featured artists and writers.

Rivers and Lakes Inspirers of legend, their speed, depth, stirred surface and beauty imitate aliveness whose source is unknowable. Forget maps. Their flow is the more momentously traced by Hopkins, Arnold, Hughes, Coleridge, E B Browning, Rimbaud, Auden, Oswald, Wordsworth, Ashbery, Amichai; Tintoretto, Constable, Monet, Delacroix, Ricci, David Roberts, Tissot, O’Keefe, Corot, Cézanne, Seurat.

Apr
27
Thu
The Course, THE ART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA: from Ancient Civilisations to Contemporary Living Arts, Cambodia 1/5
Apr 27 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, THE ART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA: from Ancient Civilisations to Contemporary Living Arts, Cambodia 1/5 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This course will introduce the art and architecture of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Java, Bali, Burma and Thailand. It will explore its sacred art, examine carvings, symbolism and iconography that express fundamental religious beliefs. Contemporary art will be shown in the form of painting, especially in Vietnam, influenced first by China then France during the colonial regime. A glimpse of colonial architecture in Indochina will enrich your understanding of the fusion of East and West and glorious weaving traditions will also feature throughout the region. A look at sacred dance will reveal exquisite rituals and dance dramas that have evolved and survived to reveal the soul of the people and the role of dance today.

CAMBODIA: Sacred Art of Angkor, from Past to Present

Within an area of nearly 400 sq kms there are numerous temples, many of them covered in jungle, but the most important is Angkor Wat. Built in the C12th, it is the largest religious monument in the world and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will explore Hinduism and Buddhism and learn how religious belief was incorporated into this society and its art. The French colonial city of Phnom Penh and the living arts will also be explored.

May
3
Wed
The Course, Creation (Birds and Beasts) 7/15
May 3 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (Birds and Beasts) 7/15 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This inspirationally compelling new course creates strength and variety from the vastness of its subject: the Creation of the World and everything in it as encountered by artists and writers throughout the centuries. Now we can read, look at, see what they saw from hill-top, valley-side, shore-line, doorway and windowsill across land, sea and sky: the Earth, and human life in all its glory and diversity. Each week’s programme names just some of the featured artists and writers.

Birds and Beasts They feel like kin, luring us to a life we can only aspire to. We envy their freedom, breathe easy that our survival is less precarious. Hardy, Hopkins, Edward Thomas, Smart, Blake, Gray, Burns, Dickinson, Neruda, Tennyson, Clare, Baudelaire, Coleridge, Yeats; Rubens, Poussin, Géricault, Titian, Correggio, Veronese, Tintoretto; cave paintings from Spain, France, South Africa; Middle Eastern frescoes; Rothko, Holman Hunt, Burne-Jones, Snyders, Jan Brueghel, Brancusi, Rousseau, Flanagan.

May
4
Thu
The Course, THE ART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA: from Ancient Civilisations to Contemporary Living Arts, Laos 2/5
May 4 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, THE ART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA: from Ancient Civilisations to Contemporary Living Arts, Laos 2/5 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This course will introduce the art and architecture of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Java, Bali, Burma and Thailand. It will explore its sacred art, examine carvings, symbolism and iconography that express fundamental religious beliefs. Contemporary art will be shown in the form of painting, especially in Vietnam, influenced first by China then France during the colonial regime. A glimpse of colonial architecture in Indochina will enrich your understanding of the fusion of East and West and glorious weaving traditions will also feature throughout the region. A look at sacred dance will reveal exquisite rituals and dance dramas that have evolved and survived to reveal the soul of the people and the role of dance today.

LAOS: From Historic Buddhist Temples to Modern Silkweaving

The sacred Buddhist architecture of Laos will be examined particularly in Luang Prabang. In this remote, misty, mountainous spot there are 35 temples dating from the C16th, gilded and frescoed. We will look at silver smithing and silk weaving once part of the royal court and recently revived.

May
9
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (2/10)
May 9 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (2/10) @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography. It will also explore whether a portrait has to convey an accurate likeness and how artists went about trying to convey “character”.

 

THE RISE AND FALL OF BOTTICELLI: images of love & devotion

In this lecture, we will concentrate on the unique and personal approach of Botticelli’s portraiture, his origins and close association with the first family of Florence – the Medici – as well as track the sitters in his series, both known and unknown, including those in the ‘Primavera’ and ‘Venus Rising’. We will also examine his motivation in producing these enigmatic paintings.

May
10
Wed
The Course, Creation (Fire, Air, Earth, Water) 8/15
May 10 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (Fire, Air, Earth, Water)  8/15 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks. 

This inspirationally compelling new course creates strength and variety from the vastness of its subject: the Creation of the World and everything in it as encountered by artists and writers throughout the centuries. Now we can read, look at, see what they saw from hill-top, valley-side, shore-line, doorway and windowsill across land, sea and sky: the Earth, and human life in all its glory and diversity. Each week’s programme names just some of the featured artists and writers.

Fire, Air, Earth, Water The power of life and death they have had over us from the beginning infuses any great attempt in word or image to capture the formidable forces of the four elements. We marvel at how they collaborate, recoil when they clash. Shakespeare, Wallace Stevens, T S Eliot, Woolf, Hughes, Bishop, Kavanagh; Beuckelaer, Turner, Bierstadt, Cole, Rembrandt, Klee, Tiepolo, the plein air painters.

                     

May
11
Thu
The Course, THE ART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA: from Ancient Civilisations to Contemporary Living Arts, Vietnam 3/5
May 11 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, THE ART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA: from Ancient Civilisations to Contemporary Living Arts, Vietnam 3/5 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This course will introduce the art and architecture of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Java, Bali, Burma and Thailand. It will explore its sacred art, examine carvings, symbolism and iconography that express fundamental religious beliefs. Contemporary art will be shown in the form of painting, especially in Vietnam, influenced first by China then France during the colonial regime. A glimpse of colonial architecture in Indochina will enrich your understanding of the fusion of East and West and glorious weaving traditions will also feature throughout the region. A look at sacred dance will reveal exquisite rituals and dance dramas that have evolved and survived to reveal the soul of the people and the role of dance today.

VIETNAM: Ancient and Modern Artistic Heritage

Contemporary with the Khmer empire was the Kingdom of Champa in Vietnam. We’ll explore the sacred centre of Mi Son, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the sculpture of the Cham Museum in Danang. The French colonial architecture of Hanoi and Saigon will be compared as well as the traditions of painting on lacquer and silk influenced by the French but uniquely Vietnamese.

May
16
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (3/10)
May 16 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (3/10) @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography. It will also explore whether a portrait has to convey an accurate likeness and how artists went about trying to convey “character”.

LEONARDO DA VINCI AND ART OF PORTRAITURE

Leonardo was fascinated with portraits and Madonnas, a subject he would return to time and again. The challenge of the compositional group held a particular interest and obsessive fascination for him. We will explore his early use of oil and drawing mediums, his association with noble families, the interaction between these families and the female portraiture which resulted through these associations.

 

May
17
Wed
The Course, Creation (Man) 9/15
May 17 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (Man) 9/15 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This inspirationally compelling new course creates strength and variety from the vastness of its subject: the Creation of the World and everything in it as encountered by artists and writers throughout the centuries. Now we can read, look at, see what they saw from hill-top, valley-side, shore-line, doorway and windowsill across land, sea and sky: the Earth, and human life in all its glory and diversity. Each week’s programme names just some of the featured artists and writers.

Man

No better proof can be had of Hamlet’s “What a piece of work is a man!” than in man’s form and figure, action and passion; running, poised, in repose, the muscle of male nature is found poetic. Yeats, Rimbaud, Machado, Herbert, Lawrence, Chaucer, Pushkin, Tolstoy, Cervantes, Dickens, Austen; Rembrandt, Giacometti, Klee, Leighton, Burne-Jones, Raphael, Titian, van Eyck, Manet.

May
18
Thu
The Course, THE ART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA: from Ancient Civilisations to Contemporary Living Arts, Bali & Java 4/5
May 18 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, THE ART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA: from Ancient Civilisations to Contemporary Living Arts, Bali & Java 4/5 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This course will introduce the art and architecture of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Java, Bali, Burma and Thailand. It will explore its sacred art, examine carvings, symbolism and iconography that express fundamental religious beliefs. Contemporary art will be shown in the form of painting, especially in Vietnam, influenced first by China then France during the colonial regime. A glimpse of colonial architecture in Indochina will enrich your understanding of the fusion of East and West and glorious weaving traditions will also feature throughout the region. A look at sacred dance will reveal exquisite rituals and dance dramas that have evolved and survived to reveal the soul of the people and the role of dance today.

BALI & JAVA: Buddhist Temples of Java and Hindu Dances of Bali

The wondrous carvings of the temples of Java, Borobudur and Prambanan, discovered by Sir Stamford Raffles, are inspiring. Borobodur (C8th) is an earthly manifestation of the Buddhist vision of the universe, covered with 1,460 narrative reliefs. Images of sacred dance were recreated and became part of court rituals, with representations in Bali of the Hindu epic the Ramayana.

May
23
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (4/10)
May 23 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (4/10) @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography. It will also explore whether a portrait has to convey an accurate likeness and how artists went about trying to convey “character”.

TITIAN TO VAN DYCK: Portraiture from Renaissance to Baroque

The new tradition of portraiture begun by Raphael, its origins and the emerging styles will be examined by looking at ancient Roman coins and paintings from 1350 – 1642, particularly the two master portraitists – Titian and van Dyck.

        

May
24
Wed
The Course, Creation (Woman) 10/15
May 24 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (Woman) 10/15 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks. 

This inspirationally compelling new course creates strength and variety from the vastness of its subject: the Creation of the World and everything in it as encountered by artists and writers throughout the centuries. Now we can read, look at, see what they saw from hill-top, valley-side, shore-line, doorway and windowsill across land, sea and sky: the Earth, and human life in all its glory and diversity. Each week’s programme names just some of the featured artists and writers.

Woman                                    

Unconstrained by Oscar Wilde’s “Women are made to be loved, not understood”, artists and writers create women they feel both for. Grace, beauty, strength, and the spectrum from pose to naturalness are tackled head-on by Mansfield, Farjeon, Tennyson, Shakespeare, Ovid, Byron, Joyce, Duffy, Forster, Tolstoy, Neruda, Heaney, Murasaki; Picasso, Praxiteles, Titian, Kandinsky, Millais, Watts, Vermeer, Romney, Dubuffet, Mary Cassatt, Renoir, Bonnard, Gauguin, and ancient artists.

May
25
Thu
The Course, THE ART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA: from Ancient Civilisations to Contemporary Living Arts, Burma & Thailand 5/5
May 25 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, THE ART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA: from Ancient Civilisations to Contemporary Living Arts, Burma & Thailand 5/5 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This course will introduce the art and architecture of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Java, Bali, Burma and Thailand. It will explore its sacred art, examine carvings, symbolism and iconography that express fundamental religious beliefs. Contemporary art will be shown in the form of painting, especially in Vietnam, influenced first by China then France during the colonial regime. A glimpse of colonial architecture in Indochina will enrich your understanding of the fusion of East and West and glorious weaving traditions will also feature throughout the region. A look at sacred dance will reveal exquisite rituals and dance dramas that have evolved and survived to reveal the soul of the people and the role of dance today.

BURMA AND THAILAND: Sacred Artistic Heritage

We will explore the archaeological site of Buddhist temples at Pagan and glimpse at faded colonial architecture in Rangoon as well as silk traditions in clothing and dance dramas. In old Siam we’ll see temples and secular architecture influenced by the Khmer kingdom.

May
30
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (5/10)
May 30 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (5/10) @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

 This course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography. It will also explore whether a portrait has to convey an accurate likeness and how artists went about trying to convey “character”.

 JOSEPH WRIGHT OF DERBY: Portraiture, Men & Art in the Age of the Lunar Society

The English painter Joseph Wright of Derby used portraiture to depict a new industrial age. He was the one artist who would document this extraordinary era and together with Sir Joshua Reynolds, Benjamin West, Nathaniel Dance and those who were on the periphery of this club (Captain Cook and Sir Joseph Banks) we will examine the lives, achievements, interests and connections of those who attended the Lunar Society or were associated with it (James Watt, Matthew Boulton, Josiah Wedgwood, Erasmus Darwin, Joseph Priestley and Richard Arkwright).

May
31
Wed
The Course, Creation (Man and Woman) 11/15
May 31 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (Man and Woman) 11/15 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This inspirationally compelling new course creates strength and variety from the vastness of its subject: the Creation of the World and everything in it as encountered by artists and writers throughout the centuries. Now we can read, look at, see what they saw from hill-top, valley-side, shore-line, doorway and windowsill across land, sea and sky: the Earth, and human life in all its glory and diversity. Each week’s programme names just some of the featured artists and writers.

Man and Woman

Life in, and after, Eden is the elephant in the room of their encounter. Body language and the double portrait are manna to the creative appetite. Borges, Day Lewis, cummings, Muir, Shakespeare, Lawrence, John Betjeman, Shelley, Chaucer, Fitzgerald; Klimt, Holman Hunt, Rembrandt, Poussin, Martin, Bouguereau, Hamilton, Moore, Courbet, Mayan art, Matisse, Chagall, Renoir.

Jun
6
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (6/10)
Jun 6 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (6/10) @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography. It will also explore whether a portrait has to convey an accurate likeness and how artists went about trying to convey “character”.

JOSHUA REYNOLDS AND THE PORTRAIT OF OMAI: Celebrity & the Exotic in England

This lecture will concentrate on one iconic portrait and the context in which it came about. In its time, Joshua Reynolds’s portrait of Omai became an emblem of Britain at the height of its imperial powers. We will look at his ideas of self-image, his influences and how this related to Omai. What does this portrait tell us about C18th English society, its perception or preconception of the Other or non-white European? How prevalent were pseudo-scientific ideas which affected the way Omai was perceived and finally envisioned? What happened when Omai returned to the South Seas? Can one ever go back and what was the impact of returning?

 

 

 

Jun
7
Wed
The Course, Creation (Children) 12/15
Jun 7 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (Children) 12/15 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This inspirationally compelling new course creates strength and variety from the vastness of its subject: the Creation of the World and everything in it as encountered by artists and writers throughout the centuries. Now we can read, look at, see what they saw from hill-top, valley-side, shore-line, doorway and windowsill across land, sea and sky: the Earth, and human life in all its glory and diversity. Each week’s programme names just some of the featured artists and writers.

Children

Seen and heard through the silence of page and canvas, the child is always who we were, and the hare of memory is set running at once. Innocence confronts vulnerability and makes conflict heart-rending and vital. Coleridge, Kipling, Eliot, Greta Stoddart, Szymborska, Thomas, Dickens, Gaskell, Hardy, Jackie Kay, Stevenson, Emerson, Longfellow, Hughes, Merwin; Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes, Moore, Millais, Moran, Rembrandt, Ernst, Sargent, Monet, Renoir, Mucha.

Jun
13
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (7/10)
Jun 13 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (7/10) @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This course will examine the changing face of the portrait from the 6th century to the present. It will look at how and why its meaning and function have mutated and why artists are still drawn to this medium despite the advent of photography. It will also explore whether a portrait has to convey an accurate likeness and how artists went about trying to convey “character”.

 ANGELICA KAUFFMANN AND ENGLAND’S OBSESSION WITH PORTRAITURE

Angelica Kauffmann was born in Switzerland but went on to become a great British Neo-Classical artist, her reputation equalling male contemporaries in an age that rarely recognised women. Looking at her training and early paintings as well as the influence of the great Italian Renaissance masters and Dutch painting on her work, we will chart her rise to fame and her association with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Joshua Reynolds.