Wednesday 11th September 2019

Lecturer: Professor Brendan Cassidy

Canaletto and England

By the 1720s Canaletto had become the principal provider of Venetian views to British Grand Tourists; the Duke of Bedford, for example, bought 24 paintings, the Duke of Marlborough 20. When war on the continent prevented his British clients from travelling, Canaletto decided to move to London in 1746. He remained for almost 10 years painting his immediately recognizable views that had made him successful in Venice and now he applied to the sights of London. The Thames, St Paul's Cathedral, the new Westminster Bridge, for example, were represented to the English in ways they had never seen before. This lecture will consider Canaletto's career in England, the ways in which he adapted his style to appeal to local taste, the success he achieved and the occasional hostility and suspicion he met with from local artists. It will look at the range of work he produced, including his capricci or 'fantasy views', and the influence he had on later English artists, including Constable and Turner.

About our speaker:

Brendan Cassidy taught chemistry in Ghana, West Africa before returning to university to take his M.A. in Art History at Edinburgh and his Ph.D. at Cambridge. He has been Research Associate at the Warburg Institute, University of London (1985-88) and Director of the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University (1988-95). He has taught at St Andrews from 1996 & offers courses on Late-Medieval & Early Renaissance Italian art and on cultural relations between Italy & Britain in the eighteenth century. His recent research has investigated painted & sculpted imagery as evidence of societal tensions in Italy c.1250-1400 and the ways in which it was employed by the political classes to influence public opinion & behaviour. With a particular interest in sculpture, he is currently researching a social history of the craft in Italy from the thirteenth century to Michelangelo.

Canaletto and England

Wednesday 9th October 2019

Lecturer: Professor Colin Davies

Zaha Hadid: Architectural Superstar

Dame Zaha Hadid died on March 31st 2016 at age of 65. Architectural historians of the future will surely recognise her as one of the most important architects of the early 21st century. She was born in Iraq and her reputation was global, but she made Britain her home. This lecture tells the story of her career from the visionary projects of the 1980s, through the years of frustration when her designs were considered unbuildable, to the prolific crop of successful projects built all over the world in the last decade of her life.

About our speaker:

Colin Davies is an architect, a former editor of The Architects' Journal and a regular contributor to architectural magazines world-wide. He was until recently Professor of Architectural Theory at London Metropolitan University. He has made numerous TV and radio appearances. His books include 'A New History of Modern Architecture', 'Thinking about Architecture', 'The Prefabricated Home', 'High Tech Architecture', 'Key Houses of the Twentieth Century' and several monographs on the work of architects such as Norman Foster, Michael Hopkins and Nicholas Grimshaw.

Zaha Hadid: Architectural Superstar

Wednesday 13th November 2019

Lecturer: Elizabeth Merry

William Shakespeare and his Turbulent World

In his tribute to William Shakespeare on the publication of the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays in 1623, Ben Jonson addresses him as 'Sweet Swan of Avon', 'Thou Star of Poets' and 'Not of an Age, but for all Time'. Four hundred years after Shakespeare's death his words still have the power to thrill, to move, to uplift the soul. It's said that a Shakespeare play is being performed somewhere in the world every minute of every day. In this lecture we explore what is known about his life in the turbulent and often dangerous world of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, and look at the development of English Renaissance theatre. We also focus on some of the portraits purporting to be of Shakespeare and examine the theories behind them.

About our speaker:

Elizabeth has over 25 years' experience lecturing on a range of subjects including classical art and architecture, aspects of the visual arts and the links between literature and art. She has lectured for the WEA, the Universities of Bristol and Southampton Departments of Continuing Education, Royal Society of Arts, Dillington House, Jane Austen Society, Thomas Hardy Society, Brussels Brontë Society, Finzi Society, the Art Fund, Dorset County Museum and literary, historical and philosophical societies nationwide. She has also lectured on study tours across Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

William Shakespeare and his Turbulent World

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