All meetings from now on will be held at 14:30 in the Bouverie Hall
TUESDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER 2022
Breugel, the Seasons and the World
with Gavin Plumley
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 had previously been a decorative backdrop to dramas both sacred and profane. But in Bruegel's hands the landscape and our interaction with it became the focus. Looking at paintings such as The Return of the Herd, Hunters in the Snow and The Gloomy Day, this lecture explores how Bruegel pioneered a whole new way of thinking about the environment and our individual places within a shifting cosmos.
TUESDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2022
Church Silver in England: 500 Years of Change
with Timothy Schroder
This lecture emerged out of three different displays that I curated, including Sacred Silver and Stained Glass, the permanent display of church silver at the V&A.
It draws on the astonishing holdings of parish churches across the country and shows that church silver is not only beautiful and impressive but also a telling mirror of the history of the church and society.
TUESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2022
The Winchester Bible
with Christopher de Hamel
The glittering twelfth-century illuminated manuscript Bible in Winchester Cathedral is at least an arguable candidate for the greatest work of art made in Britain. Its scale and quality of gilded decoration are astonishing. It is, however, still a very mysterious book, abandoned unfinished probably in the early 1170s.
The lecture presents a new and unpublished explanation of who commissioned the manuscript and why, and it provides for the first time a datable chronology for the various artists brought to Winchester from across Europe, and it recounts how some of the illuminations are missing and might still be rediscovered.