PROGRAMME Membership year 2021/22Waiting list members and guests will be welcome to attend meetings for a £10 fee, provided they give prior notification to the Membership Secretary on 01572 747091 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It is disappointing that the October lecture will not now be live. In the circumstances of a surging virus, booster jabs only just starting and some members justifiable doubts about attending, we felt there was no alternative but to revert to Zoom. We do not want to operate a quota system, which would in any case be difficult to organise fairly, but we must consider starting some live lectures as soon as possible.To this end we are actively investigating hybrid lectures: some live attendance AND streaming the lecture to those who can’t or don’t want to attend. The problem of organising who does/can attend is still there but perhaps easier to arrange. This has been trialled by some societies already, so it is a viable option. It needs the lecturer’s permission, of course, to ensure a closed loop of our members, but we know the equipment needed can be hired or we can invest in it ourselves. One stumbling block might be the weak signal in Barnwell and this is being investigated.Friday 15th October 2021 on ZoomThe art of the Japanese garden: from tradition to modernityMarie Conte-HelmThis lecture introduces us to the distinctive nature of Japanese gardendesign and to some of the country’s most famous gardens, from those ona grand scale surrounding aristocratic palaces and Buddhist temples toZen-inspired dry landscape examples with their strikingly symbolic content.Looking at historical developments as well as religious and philosophicalinfluences, we will see how nature and artifice are intriguingly combined tocapture the very essence of the landscape.Wooden gate in Okochi Sanso Garden, Kyoto, Japan. Basile Morin Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0Friday 19th November 2021 on ZoomMe, myself and I: self-portraiture through the agesJacky KleinWe look at the development of the self-portrait, from artists depicting themselves as gentlemen and thinkers in an age when their social status was low, to the 17th-century reframing of the artist as visionary, and to the modern cult of the artist-poet. Why did artists including Michelangelo,Dürer, Rembrandt and Reynolds relentlessly make images of themselves?And, looking at the work of Andy Warhol, Gavin Turk and Marc Quinn, we ask what it means to make self-portraits today in our image-saturated age of smartphones and selfies.Young Rembrandt self portraitFriday 17th December 2021 on ZoomThe Christmas Story in Medieval ArtSally DormerIt was during the Middle Ages that many of the familiar elements of theChristmas story were devised and popularised: including the stable withthe ox and ass. What were the sources for these images? This lecture, illustrated by pictures of illuminated manuscripts, church portals, liturgical vestments, stained glass windows and goldsmiths’ work, will tell the storiessurrounding Christ’s birth and investigate their often surprising sources.Friday 21st January 2022George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham: the handsomest man in 17th century EuropeLucy Hughes-HallettGeorge Villiers was the favourite of King James I, chief minister to KingCharles I, and assassinated at the age of 35. He was a beauty, enjoyedexquisite clothes and was a discerning patron and collector of greatpaintings. We will look at the masterpieces he owned and at the portraits ofhimself he commissioned from painters including Van Honthorst, Van Dyck and Rubens – images by great artists of a man known as ‘the handsomestbodied man in Europe’.Peter Paul Rubens - The triumph of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham.Friday 18th February 2022Rescuing Zeugma from the flood waters of the EuphratesLouise SchofieldIn spring 2000 an archaeological drama began to unfold on the banks of the Euphrates river in Turkey. Archaeologists found a Roman city with mosaics and wall-paintings finer than those of Pompeii. However, just beside them was the almost-completed Birecik Dam, and the Turks had begun to flood the great reservoir behind it, taking the city under water. This lecture tells the story of the extraordinary emergency rescue excavation and the fabuloustreasures it uncovered.Gaziantep Zeugma Museum Eros and Psyche mosaic. Dosseman Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0Friday 18th March 2022The Great Velázquez at Court in MadridJacqueline CockburnWhen Velázquez moved to Madrid to work for Philip IV his life changed and so did his art. We look at his relationship with the troubled king, at the numerous portraits he did of him, and at his development as a great artist. We meet the courtiers, dwarves, children, ladies in waiting and bodyguards of the royal court and finally discuss the celebrated Las Meninas, with its extraordinary understanding of perspective and fabulous use of paint.Velazquez-taller-infanta margarita. Taller de Velázquez Public domainFriday 22nd April 2022 (4th Friday of the month)Faber & Faber - 90 years of excellenceToby FaberFaber & Faber is the last of the great publishing houses to remainindependent. The grandson of the founder will recount the history of thefirm through its illustrations, covers and designs, and its association withcelebrated artists and literary figures including TS Eliot. A unique personaland anecdotal insight into a valued cultural institution.Friday 20th May 2022The OvershadowedChantal Brotherton-RatcliffeHave you had this experience? You go to a gallery and are stopped dead by awonderful picture but you have never heard of the artist. This lecture willconsider some of the reasons for a good artist’s obscurity, from the brevity ofhis life to the misfortune of his being born and working in the shadow of alarger reputation, such as Leonardo or Rembrandt. But above all it is an excuseto spend an hour gazing at beautiful paintings and finding hidden treasures.Friday 17th June 2022The Golden Age of British Landscape painting: 1750 to 1850Susan OwensWe look at the great era of British landscape painting, from its origins inthe Arcadian views and picturesque scenes of 18th-century artists RichardWilson and Thomas Gainsborough, through John Constable’s sparklinglyfresh observations of nature, to dramatic paintings by JMW Turner and intensely detailed studies by members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Andrews -Thomas Gainsborough Disclaimer: The Arts Society Oundle cannot be held responsible for anypersonal accident, damage to, or loss or theft of members’ personal propertyunless there is proven negligence. Legal liability insurance is in force.
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