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Breughel : The Seasons and the World

Stalbridge Hall Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, United Kingdom.

Featured Image Attribute Netherlandish Proverbs (The Blue Cloak) by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1526/1530–1569) Description of Lecture In 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder was commissioned to create a series of paintings for a dining room in Antwerp. The images, charting the course of a year, changed the way we view the world through art. Landscape...

An Evening Celebration 2024

Arthur Morison Memorial Hall Rowls Lane, Wincanton, Somerset, United Kingdom.

The Summer Evening Celebration will feature Andy McConnell (of Antiques Roadshow).  Andy is an expert on Glass, and he will explore its history in relation to wine.   Lecturer: Andy McConnell Has dealt in antiques since adolescence, but served an apprenticeship in journalism. After working in music, film and television, he returned to writing in...

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Tapestry : The Ultimate Wall Decoration

Stalbridge Hall Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, United Kingdom.

Featured Image Attribute The Entry of Alexander into Babylon, about 1665–probably by 1676, made at the Royal Factory of Furniture to the Crown at the Gobelins Manufactory. Design by Charles Le Brun; cartoon for the vertical-warp loom by Henri Testelin; weaving by Jean Jans the Elder, Jean Jans the Younger, or Jean Lefebvre. Wool, silk,...

Caravaggio: A Rebel with a Cause

Stalbridge Hall Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, United Kingdom.

Featured Image Attribute The Incredulity of Saint Thomas-Caravaggio (1601-2) Description of Lecture Caravaggio – one of the best known names today. A man of proverbial rebelliousness, painting in a style which he knew would drop a bomb on the art world he grew up in. He painted with startling immediacy, rejecting his peers’ obsession with...

The Travels and Art of John Singer Sargent

Arthur Morison Memorial Hall Rowls Lane, Wincanton, Somerset, United Kingdom.

We will explore his ability to capture a sense of place - the atmosphere, light, colours and textures of a land or seascape - with an intimately personal and often unusual interpretation. Whether it be luscious pomegranates in a Spanish orchard, brilliant hues of poppies in the Cotswolds, silver light on glistening fish in Norway,...

Art Down Under: Australian Art from the convict years to the modern era

Stalbridge Hall Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, United Kingdom.

Featured Image Attribute Thomas W Roberts, Australian Painter 1856-1931 Description of Lecture Artistic responses to life in the strange new continent were initially seen through European, and especially British, artistic traditions. In the 19th century, Australian Impressionism & the Heidelberg School challenged the dominance of the ‘Victorian’ style, with Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and others...

The Christmas Story in Medieval Art

Stalbridge Hall Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, United Kingdom.

Featured Image Attribute Adoration of the Magi, tondo by Fra Angelico and Filippo Lippi, c. 1450 (NGA, Washington) Description of Lecture It was during the Middle Ages that many of the familiar images associated with the Christmas story were devised and popularized: including the stable in Bethlehem inhabited by the ox and ass. What were...

The Election Entertainment Series and the birth of political satire

Stalbridge Hall Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, United Kingdom.

Featured Image Attribute Description of Lecture The long British tradition of political satire is coming to the fore again as a General Election approaches - January 2025 at the latest. At the root of that tradition is William Hogarth’s Election Entertainment series of prints from the 1750s. His ruthless exposure of electoral corruption and hypocrisy...

Scandinavian Landscape Painting 1840-1910

Stalbridge Hall Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, United Kingdom.

Featured Image Attribute "Arktisk vårdag. Studie från Nordlandet" is marked with Public Domain Mark 1.0. Description of Lecture There is something special about Nordic nature. Its vastness, wilderness, and remoteness are some of the reasons it is so fascinating. Let’s not forget the exceptional light conditions, such as the midnight sun and auroras. Surely, nature...

Art for the Afterlife : ancient Egyptian tomb scenes and funerary goods

Stalbridge Hall Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, United Kingdom.

Featured Image Attribute "KV17, the tomb of Pharaoh Seti I of the of the burial chamber, Nineteenth Dynasty, astronomical vaulted ceiling Valley of the Kings, Egypt" by Following Hadrian is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.   Description of Lecture The ancient Egyptians had extremely elaborate burial practices and funerary beliefs. In this lecture Lucia sheds...