Lectures 2018

All lectures are held at 1.45pm prompt at Linden House, 211 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton.

Culture of Imperial Russia: Arts and Society before 1917

This lecture surveys the key events and the major players in the arts of imperial Russia and shows what cultural life under each Romanov tsar was like, and how it changed, between the times of Peter the Great and the reign of the final tsar, Nicholas ll. We will examine how the great artistic movements are linked to crucial political and social events and explore the close interrelations of painting, music and literature, focusing on some of the great masterpieces of the imperial period.

Lecturer: Rosamund Bartlett (Rosamund is the author of several books, including biographies of Tolstoy and Chekhov and has extensive experience lecturing in Russian cultural history).

The History and Development of Chinese Silk

This lecture traces the origins and myths that surround Imperial Chinese Silk, an exquisite product that has mesmerised the World and on occasions exceeded the value of gold. Consideration will be given to the origins of silk in Neolithic times, the creation of Imperial Silk Workshops in the early Dynasties of China and the role of the Silk Road in bringing this coveted product to Europe. Particular consideration will be given to the Ming Dynasty where silk weaving and embroidery reach a peak in terms of quality and variety of fabrics and production.

Lecturer: David Rosier
(Whilst living in Hong Kong David assembled a collection of approximately 700, predominately Qing Dynasty, Imperial and related textiles/costume accessories. He is a past Committee Member of the Hong Kong Textile Society and frequent speaker on Imperial Insignia and Badges of Rank).

Out of the Blue

Have you ever wondered where the blue in medieval illuminated manuscripts came from, or why the Ancient Britons tattooed their bodies in a blue dye, and, two thousand years later Yves Kline painted his nude models blue and dragged them across his canvasses? Why does the Virgin Mary wear blue and what is significant about the blue used by Gainsborough in "The Blue Boy"? These questions will be addressed, and the story of blue will take us from the lapis lazuli mines in Afghanistan to the studios of Titian, Vermeer, Hokusai, Picasso and Matisse, to name but a few.

Lecturer: Alexandra Drysdale
(Alexandra is an art historian and a professional artist specialising in pointing, sculpture and performance. Her lectures combine art historical knowledge with personal expertise in aesthetics and artistic techniques she uses art from all periods, including examples of her own work)

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