Past Lectures

`A Carpet Ride to Khiva and Central Asia’

Thu 2nd Nov 2023 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Public Sculpture

Thu 6th Jul 2023 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Kennedy White House

Thu 1st Jun 2023 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Colour Blue – From paradise to poison

Thu 4th May 2023 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Updated on: 08/05/2023

The Next Monthly Lecture

The Nativity in Art from Giotto to Picasso

Thu 7th Dec 2023 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Giotto - The Nativity in the Lower Church, Assisi

Description of Lecture

From the 13th to the 20th centuries, the Nativity must be one of the most popular subjects of all with artists, north and south of the Alps, from Giotto, Fra Angelico, Rembrandt to Rubens. Sometimes the scene takes place at night, sometimes during the day.  The lecture will explore the many variations of the scene and their possible meanings, depending upon whether midwives, Joseph or shepherds are present, and will analyse the various postures and gestures of the Virgin as she adores the Christ Child.


Lecturer: Clare Ford-Wille

Clare graduated in art from Birkbeck College and lectures widely in the University of London, the National Gallery, the V&A, Morley College, the Art Fund and for the National Trust. Clare has led many art tours overseas and is a Vice president of the London Art History Society.

Venue: Stalbridge Hall

Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road, Stalbridge
Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom.

Oganiser: The Arts Society Blackmore Vale

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