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DateLecture
16 May 2018Let there be Light
18 April 2018The Conservation of Paintings, Polychrome Sculpture and Frames
21 March 2018Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design in the Twentieth Century
21 February 2018Gainsborough in Bath: High Society and the Bath Season
17 January 2018Henry Moore: A Revolution in British Sculpture
06 December 2017Charles Dickens, Conjurer: the playbills of Victorian showmen
15 November 2017Legends of Czech Glass
18 October 2017Titian – The First Modern Artist
20 September 2017The Romantic Spirit: music and the arts of early 19th century Germany
21 June 2017Ultimate Power Dressing: Chinese Imperial Costume and Textiles (Qing Dynasty: 1644-1911)
17 May 2017The Impressionist Landscape
19 April 2017From Wild Beasts to Pickled Sharks - Modern art movements of the 20th Century
15 March 2017A Thousand Years of History: Medieval Cathedrals as Time Machines
15 February 2017Ancient Faces: Flinders Petrie and the Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt
18 January 2017'Mars and the Muses': The Renaissance Art of Armour
07 December 2016Now you see it, now you don’t! The Art of Visual Deception
16 November 2016German and Netherlandish Glass
19 October 2016Brussels: Cradle of Art Nouveau
21 September 2016Dutch & the Low Countries Influence on English silver
15 June 2016From Veneering to Marquetry
18 May 2016Tulipomania: the Tulip, a decorative flower on European and Asian ceramics
20 April 2016Two Baroque Protestants: Handel and Rembrandt
16 March 2016Home Sweet Home: The Domestic Interior in 17thC Dutch painting.
17 February 2016The Palaces of William and Mary: Het Loo & Hampton Court
20 January 2016Beautiful, Beastly, Bizarre: the Art of Hieronymus Bosch
09 December 2015The Spectacular Gold and Silverware Collection of King George IV
18 November 2015Soft Angelic Whispers – the Hidden History of the English Medieval Harp
28 October 2015The Art and Meaning of Maps
16 September 2015A Crisis of Brilliance: Four Young Artists & the Great War
17 June 2015Gold of the Gods: Treasures of South America & the Search for El Dorado
20 May 2015Man Ray the Magic Man
15 April 2015Frank Lloyd Wright
18 March 2015Pomp and Grandeur: the Gardens of the Stuart Court

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Let there be Light Alexandra Drysdale Wednesday 16 May 2018

4.6 Billion years ago, a star was born and our sun started to shine. Soon after this the Earth and our other planets were formed and light began its eight minute flight to Earth. This lecture looks at how science and art have moved forward together in the quest to understand light.

The representation of light has been a fundamental pursuit of Western art, in both its physical manifestation and as a symbol of the Divine. Painted light is used as a metaphor for a range of feelings, from El Greco’s light of spiritual ecstasy to the dangerous darkness of Caravaggio, from Turner’s sublime sunlight to Samuel Palmer’s melancholy moonlight.

Artists respond to different weather conditions such as Whistler’s greys in his foggy London “Nocturnes” and Alexandra Drysdale’s bright blues of Australia.

The “spotlight” theatricality of much old art contrasts with the bright white light of Impressionism.

Alexandra Drysdale is an art historian and a professional artist specialising in painting, sculpture and performance. Her lectures combine art historical knowledge with personal expertise in aesthetics and artistic techniques. Art from all periods, including examples of her own work, is examined from an artist's point of view. This entails a perceptive analysis of a painting's structure, its meaning, and its relationship to the history of art. She has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Chelsea School of Art and an MFA from Cambridge School of Art.

image courtesy of The Tate; War Excile and Rock, Joseph Mallard William Turner