Four talks with Dalila Castlijn
Sessiion 1: Rembrandt
The talk will examine some of Rembrandt van Rijn's most famous works including portraits for which he became famous, self-portraits, contemplative history paintings and landscapes. Reference will be made to his innovative prints. The focus will be on the unique aspects of this Dutch ‘Golden Age’ leading artist's work such as close study of people, objects, light, atmosphere and texture.
Session 2: Baroque in England
The talk will explore the magnificent art and architecture which flourished in England following the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660: portraits by Peter Lely and Godfrey Kneller, large scale murals by James Thornhill and Antonio Verrio, were commissioned to express status and power. Christopher Wren’s churches and the John Vanbrugh’s palaces were built in a Baroque style which was unique to England. The talk is linked with the exhibition at Tate Britain in London in 2020.
Session 3: The Art of Gustav Courbet
On Gustave Courbet's 100th anniversary we shall be examining selected paintings such as the monumental The Painter’s Studio and The Stone Breakers. Courbet was the main exponent of Realism in 19th century France challenging convention and academic practice by depicting modern life and genre on a large scale using innovative style and technique.
Session 4: Troy in Art
Focusing on a selection of artworks from Greek vases to Pre-Raphaelite paintings we shall consider the ways in which the heroes and events of the Trojan legend have both inspired artists through the centuries and have been adapted to the culture in which they were produced. This talk is linked with the exhibition on Troy at the British Museum in London.
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