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Art History Talks

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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Wokingham Library Denmark Street
RG40 2BB

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Date & Time Information

Session 1: Rembrandt- Thursday November 7

Session 3:  Baroque in England-Thursday November 14

Session 3:  The Art of Gustav Courbet: Thursday November 21

Session 4: Troy in Art: Thursday November 28

All sessions run 2pm to 4pm


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Cost details

£5 charge per session

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