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St Bees Arts Society
Arts Society programme 2016-17
All lectures in Management Centre of St Bees School 8pm. Annual Subscription £25 Single session £6.50
Wednesday 28th September 2016
Bernini’s Rome Making the Baroque city
The interior of St. Peter's is the product of many years' work led by Bernini, complemented later in his career by the colonnade which sets the scene for its facade. He also worked on the Palazzo Barberini, home of his most devoted patron, Urban VIII, who a year after his accession to the papacy in 1623 was reputed to have summoned the sculptor to his presence, where he told him 'It is your great good fortune for Cavaliere Bernini to see me become pope. But we are even luckier in that the Cavaliere Bernini lives at the time of our pontificate'. Bernini was certainly instrumental in promoting the power and legacy of Urban and his family through his art, but his career was not always an easy one; after the death of Urban he was out of favour for a number of years before returning to prominence with projects such as the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona. We'll look at these and other works to gain a view of Bernini's career overall.
Lecturer Peter Jennett M.A.
Wednesday 26th October 2016
Art and Astronomy
Lecturer Professor David Hughes
Wednesday January 25th 2017
Gustave Caillebotte The unknown Impressionist
Lecturer Margaret-Louie O’Keeffe
Wednesday 29th March 2017
Francis 1 of France Renaissance Prince and Patron
How did the Mona Lisa, an Italian painting, come to be in the Louvre, in Paris?
All these questions will be answered in this lecture which introduces Francis I and examines his reign. Francis was a dashing, exciting and impetuous monarch who came to his throne by a circuitous route. He was the first king of France to collect works of art systematically. A passionate supporter of the Italian Renaissance, his reign was important for introducing its ideas to France. His patronage drew many Italian artists to the French court, including Andrea del Sarto, Rosso, Cellini and Leonardo.
Lecturer Fenella Billington M.A.
Wednesday 26th April 2017
The Painted Garden An artistic history of gardens from the ancient Egyptians to the present day
“The Painted Garden is two talks in one - a virtual tour through some of the major art galleries of the world and a journey through the history of gardening. From Egyptian tomb paintings to London Underground posters via an unseemly scramble for very expensive tulip bulbs and the landscapes of Capability Brown, all the major trends and fashions in the history of gardening are explored through the medium of paintings. Russell Bowes holds the Diploma in Garden History from the University of London and has been giving garden history talks all over the country for the last 15 years. He has recently moved to a house that has a completely derelict 120 foot garden and is still wondering where the best place is to start.”
Lecturer Russell Bowes