Click here for previous lectures

11 July 2019The World of Pieter Bruegel the Elder
19 September 2019Eric Ravilious: a life in Pictures
10 October 2019The Magic of Prague: Czech art and culture
14 November 2019Art inspired by wine

Click on a row and scroll to display more details about the lecture

The World of Pieter Bruegel the Elder Clare Ford-Wille Thursday 11 July 2019

2019 marks the 450th anniversary of the death of Bruegel in 1569. The political and social background during Bruegel’s lifetime was one of the most turbulent and destructive in the history of the Netherlands. The work of his short career introduced and developed the new subject matter of landscape and everyday life, yet these joyous and apparently innocent pictures are likely to contain subtle political and social comment and were painted for important patrons in Antwerp and Brussels. Who were they? Why is Bruegel’s work so timeless in its messages and how would his pictures have been “read” by his contemporaries. These are some of the questions to be addressed in this overview of a fascinating painter.

Clare Ford-Wille has an honours degree in History of Art from Birkbeck College, University of London. Her regular commitments include Centre for Lifelong Learning, London University, National Gallery, V&A Museum, WEA, Morley College, the City Literary Institute, the Art Fund and National Trust plus study tours abroad.

Our lectures start at 8pm. Bar opens at 7pm.