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Getting Under Their Skin – Art History and Fiction

Getting Under Their Skin – Art History and Fiction

Sarah Dunant, novelist, broadcaster and critic, gave a lecture  entitled “Getting Under Their Skin – Art History and Fiction”. Sarah’s research into the position of women’s lives in Renaissance Italy, through the decoding of paintings, provided the platform for three...
Christmas Customs & Traditions

Christmas Customs & Traditions

Richard Box, painter, embroiderer and lecturer, gave an illustrated lecture  on ‘Christmas Customs & Traditions’. St. Nicholas, a 4th Century bishop from Myra, in present day Turkey, was wealthy and liked to give secret presents to those in need, including dowries...
That Woman or the Duchess of Style

That Woman or the Duchess of Style

Anne Sebba, author, lecturer and journalist, gave an illustrated lecture to the Arts Society Limpsfield on ‘That Woman or the Duchess of Style’. There is a general view that Wallis was a grasping gold-digger but her parents came from well to do families.  Her father...
The Sword & the Staff

The Sword & the Staff

Gail Turner, art historian, artist and lecturer, gave an illustrated lecture  on ‘The Sword & the Staff’ about the beginning of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.  St. James, one of the 12 disciples, was beheaded in Jerusalem in 44 AD.  His body was...
The Horse & Modern Art

The Horse & Modern Art

Dr. Nicholas Watkins, of Leicester University, gave an illustrated lecture on ‘The Horse & Modern Art’ from Stubbs to today.  Stubbs was the greatest horse painter of the 18th Century, outclassing the rather wooden-looking horse images by previous painters.  His...
The Impressionists and the Painting of Modern Life

The Impressionists and the Painting of Modern Life

Lois Oliver, art historian, curator and lecturer, gave an illustrated lecture on ‘The Impressionists and the Painting of Modern Life’. The French Fine Arts Academy expected artists to conform to the ‘norm’, painting pictures of historical subjects.  However,...