Tree House owner Dr Victoria Mier has a PhD in art history from Bristol University and has lectured at universities and on a freelance basis. She now tutors and edits online courses at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education as well as running the Tree House, and gives lectures at the bookshop. 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 an hour and a quarter, including time for questions and discussion (longer if people have lots of questions!).
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 often from a period that seems a bit obscure to some (my specialisation is the Northern Renaissance, though I lecture on other areas, usually with some connection to Northern Europe and the northern tradition), 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). It’s just a chance to spend an hour looking at beautiful things!
Lectures are on Monday mornings at 11am, weekly with the occasional week off, and sometimes on Tuesday evenings at 8pm. There is a charge of £8 (on the door), which includes tea/coffee.
Mondays at 11am
Monday 27 January 2020: Vermeer
Monday 3 February 2020: Lucas Cranach (there is an exhibition at Compton Verney of this artist’s work, starting in March)
Monday 10 February: Michelangelo (sculpture and the concept of the unfinished work)
Tuesdays at 8pm
Tuesday 4 February: Pieter Bruegel
Tuesday 18 February: Italy and the North in the Renaissance