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‘People Power’ – A History of Portraiture (Talk)

This talk looks at portraits through the ages and is broadly chronological, commencing with early funereal portraits in the Graeco-Roman period. It includes sculpture as well as painting and looks at the lives of the artists as well as the sitters and the style of the portraits. As with most of Tania’s talks, the various periods e.g. Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Realist, will be described throughout so that an overview of Art History can be reached. Obviously a vast subject, the course will focus on those portraits which say something about the development of art (many formulaic state and society portraits will be ignored!)

We will dip into the fascinating lives and characters of many scientists, writers, philanthropists and philosophers such as Humboldt, Captain Coram, Edith Sitwell, Lytton Strachey and Voltaire as well as a host of artists such as Gainsborough, Rembrandt, Gwen and Augustus John, John Singer Sargent, Cecilia Beaux and Picasso.

Given as a one hour talk with following questions. Cost: £70 + travel expenses.