Calendar

January 2018

Tue
9

Inside, Outside – The World of the Artist

Nicholas Hilliard (c.1547 – 1619), A Romantic Englishman

Wed
10

Who Owns London?

Lecture: The Church of England

Thu
11

Opera

Opera – what to listen for

Tue
16

Inside, Outside – The World of the Artist

Fra Angelico (c. 1395 – 1455), A rare and perfect talent

Wed
17

Who Owns London?

Walk: Westminster and Lambeth

Thu
18

Opera

Various Voices

Tue
23

Inside, Outside – The World of the Artist

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – c.1656), This is a Terrible Woman

Wed
24

Who Owns London?

Lecture: The Aristocratic Estates

Thu
25

Opera

Verdi

Tue
30

Inside, Outside – The World of the Artist

Frans Hals (c.1582 – 1666), Bold and Vivacious

Wed
31

Who Owns London?

Walk: Belgravia

February 2018

Thu
1

Opera

Wagner and After

Tue
6

Inside, Outside – The World of the Artist

Jean-Baptiste Chardin (1699 – 1779), A Plain Man

Wed
7

Who Owns London?

Lecture: The Outlying Estates

Thu
8

Opera

Mascagni and Leoncavallo

Tue
13

Inside, Outside – The World of the Artist

Francisco Goya (1746 – 1828), Light and Dark

Wed
14

Who Owns London?

Walk: Hampstead Garden Suburb

Thu
15

Opera

Siegfried Wagner and Engelbert Humperdinck

Tue
20

Inside, Outside – The World of the Artist

Richard Dadd (1817 – 1886), Portentous Visions

Wed
21

Who Owns London?

Lecture: The London Councils

Thu
22

Opera

Verismo and Beyond

Tue
27

Inside, Outside – The World of the Artist

Ernest Meissonier (1815 – 1891), The Incontestable Master of our Age

Wed
28

Who Owns London?

Walk: Shoreditch

March 2018

Thu
1

Opera

Richard Strauss

Tue
6

Inside, Outside – The World of the Artist

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901), Moral Penury

Thu
8

Opera

Puccini

Tue
13

Inside, Outside – The World of the Artist

Marcel Duchamp (1887 – 1968), Endgame

Thu
15

Opera

Debussy

April 2018

Tue
24

The Cult of Celebrity

The Signature Work, Fame and the Celebrity Endorsement

Wed
25

Exhilarating Places

New York, New York

May 2018

Tue
1

The Cult of Celebrity

The Rise of the Divine Michelangelo, Fame within his own Lifetime

Tue
8

The Cult of Celebrity

From Unknown to Fame, to Infamy and Ridicule, Caravaggio and Bernini

Wed
9

Exhilarating Places

St. Petersburg

Tue
15

The Cult of Celebrity

From Rags to Riches to Rags, Rembrandt and Vermeer

Wed
16

Exhilarating Places

South Cornwall

Tue
22

The Cult of Celebrity

Fame and Adulation, The South Pacific Voyages of Captain Cook

Wed
23

Exhilarating Places

North Cornwall

Tue
29

The Cult of Celebrity

Dido Elizabeth Lindsay Belle, The most famous black woman in London and the Beginnings of the Abolition of Slavery

June 2018

Tue
5

The Cult of Celebrity

Fame, Celebrity and Caricature the 18th Cartoon in English High & Low Society

Tue
19

The Cult of Celebrity

Internationalism and Commercialism, The Pre-Raphaelites & Fame in the Modern World

Wed
20

Exhilarating Places

Thermopylae and Roncesvalles

September 2018

Thu
20

The Art of Dress in Literature, and Life

“Pins and Poking Sticks”: Dress in Shakespeare’s Time

Tue
25

A History of German Art

Tilman Riemenschneider (c. 1460 – 1531)

Wed
26

20th Century London: A City in Flux

Walk: Whitehall and surrounding streets

Thu
27

The Art of Dress in Literature, and Life

Men in Black, Women in White? Jane Austen’s World

October 2018

Tue
2

A History of German Art

Martin Schöngauer (active 1469; died 1491)

Thu
4

The Art of Dress in Literature, and Life

Corsets & Crinolines: The Age of Dickens

Thu
11

Japanese Art & Modern Culture: Japan’s Influences on Western Art

The Art of the Court: palaces, temples & shrines

Tue
16

A History of German Art

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

Wed
17

20th Century London: A City in Flux

Interwar Anxiety and Development

Thu
18

Japanese Art & Modern Culture: Japan’s Influences on Western Art

Samurai Culture: martial arts & fine arts

Tue
23

A History of German Art

Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553)

Thu
25

Japanese Art & Modern Culture: Japan’s Influences on Western Art

Architecture & Gardens: villas, tea houses & modern Style

Tue
30

A History of German Art

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8 - 1543)

November 2018

Thu
1

Japanese Art & Modern Culture: Japan’s Influences on Western Art

Costume & Textiles: development of kimono

Tue
6

A History of German Art

Adam Elsheimer (1578-1610)

Wed
7

20th Century London: A City in Flux

Moderns and Anti-Moderns

Tue
13

A History of German Art

Anton Raphael Mengs (1728 - 1779)

Tue
20

A History of German Art

Caspar David Friedrich (1774 - 1840)

Tue
27

A History of German Art

Adolph Menzel (1815 - 1905)

Thu
29

Japanese Art & Modern Culture: Japan’s Influences on Western Art

Visit to the Toshiba Gallery at the V&A Museum

January 2019

Tue
8

Homes and Gardens

Introduction and the Middle Ages

Wed
9

20th Century London: A City in Flux

Building a Better Tomorrow: The Festival Style

Thu
10

The Decorative Arts of Europe 1500-2000

Introduction to the Decorative Arts

Tue
15

Homes and Gardens

Exile and Splendour

Wed
16

20th Century London: A City in Flux

Walk: The South Bank around The Festival Hall

Thu
17

The Decorative Arts of Europe 1500-2000

The Decorative Arts in the Renaissance

Tue
22

Homes and Gardens

Fixtures and Fittings

Thu
24

The Decorative Arts of Europe 1500-2000

Furniture in the Baroque Age

Tue
29

Homes and Gardens

Dynasties in Transition

Wed
30

20th Century London: A City in Flux

Walk: The western edge of The City and the Barbican

Thu
31

The Decorative Arts of Europe 1500-2000

The Art and Craft of the Silversmith

February 2019

Tue
5

Homes and Gardens

Privacy and Palladianism

Thu
7

The Decorative Arts of Europe 1500-2000

Pleasure and Sensation in 18th Century France

Tue
12

Homes and Gardens

A Consumer Culture

Thu
14

The Decorative Arts of Europe 1500-2000

The Industrial Revolution & the Decorative Arts

Tue
19

Homes and Gardens

Antique or Exotic?

Thu
21

The Decorative Arts of Europe 1500-2000

Design Reform in the 19th Century

Tue
26

Homes and Gardens

The Victorians

Thu
28

The Decorative Arts of Europe 1500-2000

Modernist Design: the Bauhaus and Beyond

March 2019

Tue
5

Homes and Gardens

“You Just Can’t Get The Staff……”

Tue
12

Homes and Gardens

Stately homes, Suburbs and Skyscapers

April 2019

Tue
30

Art & Critical Analysis

Father of the Renaissance

May 2019

Wed
1

The Aeneid

Venus as Travel Guide (Virgil, Aeneid Book i)

Thu
2

A History of Art in Ten Colours

Gold: Anna Akhmatova

Tue
7

Art & Critical Analysis

Gender, the Body and the Nude

Wed
8

The Aeneid

The Trojan Horse, and What Happened Next (ii)

Thu
9

A History of Art in Ten Colours

Blue: Cennino Cennini

Wed
15

The Aeneid

Out of the Burning Fiery Furnace of the City of his Birth (ii)

Thu
16
Tue
21

Art & Critical Analysis

The Trouble With Venetian Painting

Wed
22

The Aeneid

The Escape: A Tale of Accidents, Monsters, Landfalls (iii; iv)

Wed
29

The Aeneid

The Work-life Balance Tips towards Destiny and Departure (iv)

Thu
30

A History of Art in Ten Colours

Yellow: Richard le Gallienne

June 2019

Tue
4

Art & Critical Analysis

Giorgio Vasari and ‘The Divine Michelangelo’

Wed
5

The Aeneid

As the Fleet Sails, so Dido’s Pyre is set alight (iv; v)

Tue
11

Art & Critical Analysis

The Rise and Fall in Critical Favour of Caravaggio and Bernini

Wed
12

The Aeneid

Aeneas and the Sibyl: Destination Underworld (v; vi)

Tue
18

Art & Critical Analysis

Fame, Bankruptcy and Critical Revival

Wed
19

The Aeneid

Even More Momentous Ghosts Now Cross his Path (vi)

Thu
20

A History of Art in Ten Colours

Orange: Vincent Van Gogh

Tue
25

Art & Critical Analysis

Hogarth and the Art of the Conversation Piece and Social Commentary

Wed
26

The Aeneid

The Landing in Italy, a Latin War, and a Shield from Vulcan (vii, viii, ix)

July 2019

Tue
2

Art & Critical Analysis

A Catalyst for Change in Art Appreciation

Wed
3

The Aeneid

Aeneas Breaks a Siege and Faces Single Combat (x, xi, xii; the aeneid’s legacy)

Thu
4

A History of Art in Ten Colours

Brown: Georgia O’Keeffe

Rhythm of a Russian Dance Theo van Doesburg 1918

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