Apr
28
Fri
A is for Autism
Apr 28 @ 7:20 pm – 8:45 pm
A is for Autism @ Royal Institution | England | United Kingdom

An estimated 700,000 people in Britian are affected by autism. In this Discourse, Dame Stephanie Shirley will share her hands-on experience of the disorder – providing a virtual reality demonstration of how the world appears to someone on the spectrum; and introducing the robot which teaches at Prior’s Court, her specialist autism school.

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.    

           

Jun
14
Wed
The Course, Creation (Settling and Journeying) 13/15
Jun 14 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (Settling and Journeying) 13/15 @ 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.

Settling and Journeying

Ever since we stopped hunting and gathering, there have been settlements – by lakes, in deep country, villages, towns, cities – and dwellings set apart. But the restless spirit longs wondrously for Elsewhere. Eliot, Ibsen, Basho, Marquez, Woolf, Yeats, Chaucer, de la Mare, Humboldt, Heaney; Castiglione, Raphael, Tissot, il Grechetto, Cole, Chagall, Repin, Vermeer, Gauguin, Watteau.

Jun
20
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (8/10)
Jun 20 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (8/10) @ 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”.

INVENTION AND RE-INVENTION: Gauguin’s Portraits and the Myth of Paradise

Gauguin’s almost obsessive use of self-portraiture to control and manipulate his own identity was in effect to re-invent himself. We will look at these paintings to determine what message he was trying to convey especially during his time in Tahiti.

 

Jun
21
Wed
The Course, Creation (History-in-the-Making) 14/15
Jun 21 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (History-in-the-Making) 14/15 @ 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.

 History-in-the-Making The canvas and the page capture events, as they happen or happened, in a breath: war and peace, diplomacy and stand-off, the rituals of coronation and revolution, building and destruction, and their images, whether eye-witness or fantastic, all read like real history. Byron, Shakespeare, Longfellow, Virgil, Chaucer, E B Browning, Amichai, Camoens, Flaubert ; Goya, David, Canaletto, Picasso, Delacroix, Rembrandt, van Dyck, Brueghel, Masaccio, Leonardo, Caravaggio, Velasquez, Uccello.

Jun
27
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (9/10)
Jun 27 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (9/10) @ 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”.

RE-INVENTION OF THE SELF: The Art and Artifice of the Self-Portrait

When is a portrait a portrait and when is it not a portrait? We will take a look at the Art and Artifice of the Portrait & Self-Portrait and examine both known and unknown figures. What possible use were portraits and what meaning did they have to those who commissioned them?

 

Jun
28
Wed
The Course, Creation (Human Creation) 15/15
Jun 28 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (Human Creation) 15/15 @ 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.

Human Creation

Men and women are creators of what they write, paint and give form to. But so often their art is about creation itself: it visibly meditates on the act of imitating the original Creator or moment of coming into being, feels towards art as a whole new world. Woolf, Longfellow, Horace, Duffy, Gunn, Eliot, Auden, E Brontë, Ginsberg, Hopkins, Lawrence, Hughes, Dante; Rublyov, Martin, Constable, Raphael, Gustavo Olmedo, Watts, Hope, John Shelley, Reynolds, Piranesi, Dürer, Bosch, Guercino

 

 

Jul
4
Tue
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (10/10)
Jul 4 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The History and Meaning of Portraiture (10/10) @ 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 PASSAGE OF TIME: Portraiture in Life & Death From the Middle Ages to the Modern Age

The final lecture will look at one of the oldest and most enduring preoccupations of the artist – mortality and legacy. Starting with the Medieval through to the Renaissance and Rembrandt’s obsession with his own image, we will finally come to the Impressionists and the modern day. Looking at works by Ofili, Hirst and Quinn, the parallels between artists’ practice and their preoccupation with mortality will be explored.