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Acquaint yourself with some of Western civilisation’s most significant artists and art movements. Guided by our qualified and friendly tutors, discover art history, and with it new layers of beauty and meaning and learn how to look at art anew. Our premises are easily accessible by public transport and we offer the chance to become part of a community of life-long learners.

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A History of Artist’s Materials: European Painting 1400-1900

The number of different materials that go into a single work of art can be extraordinary – animal hide glue, concoctions of linseed oil and lead monoxide, pigments imported from far and wide, plant-based resins, eggs, marble dust. Indeed, it is often a struggle for conservators to identify exactly what substances they are trying to care for! But... [More]
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<p>The number of different materials that go into a single work of art can be extraordinary – animal hide glue, concoctions of linseed oil and lead monoxide, pigments imported from far and wide,

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24 Jul

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Hagia Sophia – Church, Mosque, Museum and Now

The Turkish government has passed a formal decree converting the glorious Byzantine-era ex-church Hagia Sophia back in to a mosque, with the first official prayers to take place on Friday July 24. This decision has been greeted with an out pouring of distress, as the monument is an UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as a symbol of the glory of... [More]
$22 Limited

The Turkish government has passed a formal decree converting the glorious Byzantine-era ex-church Hagia Sophia back in to a mosque, with the first official prayers to take place on Friday July 24.

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05 Aug

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The Greats of Spanish Art - Velazquez, Goya, Sorolla, Picasso and Dali

500 years of Spanish art, including Diego Velazquez; the dark images of Francois Goya; the light and joy of 19th century Joaquin Sorolla; and in the 20th Century, Pablo Picasso, and the surrealist Salvador Dali, whose melting clock continues to fascinate and inspire. This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling... [More]
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<p>500 years of Spanish art, including Diego Velazquez; the dark images of Francois Goya; the light and joy of 19th century Joaquin Sorolla; and in the 20th Century, Pablo Picasso, and the surrealist

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11 Aug

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350 Years of Rembrandt's Women

2019 marked the 350th anniversary of the death of the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt, and his life and heritage was celebrated throughout The Netherlands. This evening session will focus on Rembrandt’s Women – loving and sensitive paintings of the important women in his life, magnificent commissions of society ladies and touching drawings of... [More]
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2019 marked the 350th anniversary of the death of the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt, and his life and heritage was celebrated throughout The Netherlands. This evening session will focus on

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14 Aug

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Giorgio Vasari and The Lives of the Italian Artists

Giorgio Vasari was a talented artist, architect, engineer and event planner. He also wrote one of the most important texts for art history, The Lives of the Italian Artists. From Cimabue and Giotto down to the contemporaries he most admired – Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael – Vasari knew Italian art inside out and his gossipy tales... [More]
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<p>Giorgio Vasari was a talented artist, architect, engineer and event planner. He also wrote one of the most important texts for art history, <em>The Lives of the Italian Artists</em>. From Cimabue

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15 Aug

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Beyond Mountains and Clocks - The Elegance & Luxury of Switzerland in the Arts

Switzerland is usually associated with snow-covered Alps and 19th century Tuberculosis cures for the unwell. But beyond this image there exists a culture of artisans and artists. Why did the gold & silversmiths focus on making watches as reaction to the Calvinists in 1541, from which sprung an amazing watch & clock-making tradition. From rich 18th... [More]
$39 Limited

Switzerland is usually associated with snow-covered Alps and 19th century Tuberculosis cures for the unwell. But beyond this image there exists a culture of artisans and artists. Why did the gold &

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25 Aug

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Raphael - A Re-Evaluation

One of the supreme artists of the Renaissance, Raphael’s work has assumed iconic status as the ideal expression of classicism in the 500 years since his death. We present an overview of his achievement – assessing his life, personality and his artistic work within the context of the lively Renaissance societies in which he lived in Urbino, Florence... [More]
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<p>One of the supreme artists of the Renaissance, Raphael’s work has assumed iconic status as the ideal expression of classicism in the 500 years since his death. We present an overview of his

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04 Sep

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How to Look at Italian Art 2

Grab a cup of coffee as we look at Italian masterpieces in detail, from Roman mosaics through to the Renaissance, Baroque and today. Each session includes a lecture presentation; short background readings that shed light on the selected artwork; and an hour of guided discussion. Our sessions are limited to ten participants, so you’ll have an... [More]

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