This spring sees a wealth of exciting and diverse exhibitions opening in London's iconic galleries. Art History UK's top guide and lecturer Catherine McCormack has designed a bespoke series of one-off lectures around these 'must see' shows. Join her at the atmospheric Blacks Club, Dean Street Soho, to gain unique access to her knowledge and insight. Each lecture will last for two hours and will cost £60.00 per person which will include breakfast and handouts. Discounts are available for people booking together.
VANESSA BELL: BLOOMSBURY AND ABSTRACTION
TUESDAY 14 FEBRUARY | 10:00AM - 12:00PM
This spring the Dulwich Picture Gallery is devoting the first ever solo show to Bloomsbury artist Vanessa Bell. Elder sister to Virginia Woolf, whose experiments in writing make her a key figure of twentieth century British modernism, Bell’s art was just as radical and visionary and was displayed alongside the noted European avant-garde painters Matisse and Picasso in London in 1912. This session will look at Bell’s painting in the context of British modernism, the influence and aesthetic of the Bloomsbury group, and the artist’s co-operative known as the Omega Workshop that she founded with Duncan Grant.
TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY | 10:00AM - 12:00PM
This spring the National Gallery is bringing Michelangelo Buonarotti into focus, alongside his friend and partner in painting, Sebastiano del Piombo. This session will take an overview of the two artists’ work in the context of three Renaissance cities; Florence, Venice and Rome. Starting with his early career as sculptor and painter within the orbit of the Medici family in Florence, we will look at Michelangelo’s arrival in Rome under the patronage of Julius II, for whom he painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling and sculpted the Pieta. It is in this period that we meet the lesser known artist Sebastiano del Piombo, who had trained in Venice and became a favourite of pope Clement VII. We will explore Del Piombo’s works as both painter of portraits and large scale religious commissions and also think about the style known as ‘mannerism’ which his painting embodies.