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).
Lectures start at 8pm. There is a charge of £8 (on the door), which includes tea/coffee.
On Sunday 1 September from 2-5, there is an art history marathon to raise funds to install AV equipment at the Tree House. This will be used for a new film club, but will also make art lectures much easier and therefore more reliable.
The marathon will be a three-hour session on Renaissance art, divided into segments of roughly 25 minutes, with breaks every hour to make a cup of tea or go to the loo. You can come and go as you like, and pay what you like. I aim to start at 2pm sharp, so there will be 10-minute breaks at about 2.50 and 3.50 (it’s hard to make timings exact). But you are free to enter or leave at any point!
Segments will be fine as standalone talks, and even though they are all linked, you won’t need to know about Renaissance art to enjoy any of them. It should all make sense and be enjoyable wherever you dip in and out.
There will be a bowl for donations near the door.
The programme will be as follows:
1. Brief overview
2. Beginnings in Italy and the North
3. High Renaissance in Italy
4. Northern European art in the Renaissance
5. Classical v Northern: style and technique
6. Landscape as a new subject in painting