We have art lectures on most Tuesdays, given by Tree House owner Dr Victoria Mier, who has a PhD in art history from Bristol University and has lectured at universities and on a freelance basis. Lectures are accessible and informal but open up questions and ideas that can be explored at a deeper level, depending on who comes! Lectures last about 50 minutes to an hour, plus time for questions.
For autumn 2017, we are offering a course of lectures – the Renaissance in the North in seven paintings. Lots of detail on each individual painting, but also using each one as a springboard to discuss some of the themes, techniques, artistic ideals, historical background and developments from about 1430 to the 1560s. Paintings have been chosen either because they were influential or because they reveal something intrinsic to Northern painting at the time – sometimes both.
People sometimes worry that the lectures sound very highbrow – but they really aren’t! Yes, we look at some of the world’s greatest paintings, and from a period that seems a bit obscure to some, but the lectures make the paintings accessible, and are informal and assume no prior knowledge (but there is enough content for those with deeper knowledge too).
These lectures all stand alone, but they build chronologically through the period, creating a sense of what the art of the period in Northern Europe was all about. The series will be repeated after Christmas, so if you are concerned about missing any, you can catch up!
Lectures start at 8pm. There is a charge of £8 (on the door), which includes tea/coffee.
These are the eight paintings:
Tuesday 24 October: Jan van Eyck, the Ghent Altarpiece (1432)
Tuesday 31 October: Rogier van der Weyden, Descent from the Cross (1435)
Tuesday 14 November: Hugo van der Goes, Portinari Altarpiece (1478)
Tuesday 21 November: NO LECTURE – live music instead!
Tuesday 28 November: Albrecht Dürer, Self-Portrait with a Fur Collar (1500)
Tuesday 5 December: Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights (1515)
Tuesday 12 December: Matthias Grünewald, the Isenheim Altarpiece (1516)
Tuesday 19 December: Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Hunters in the Snow (1565)