Saturday 18th July
Archaeological Perspectives on the Ancient Near East
This short course includes two lectures on the Ancient Near East, past and present. These lectures will set the Ancient Near East in context and give background to the discussion session. The first lecture will look at the ‘Rise of Civilisation’ in Mesopotamia in the 4th millennium BC. The second lecture considers the ancient Near East from the perspective of climate change in the past. A discussion session will follow where current issues to do with the destruction of cultural heritage will be explored.
Saturday 8th August
JMW Turner: Art and Life in the Modern World
In this short course, Dr Sarah Monks will take you through the major phases in the career of the great nineteenth-century artist JMW Turner. We will look at some of his most important paintings and consider the ways in which Turner’s art relates to Turner’s life as an artist working in modern Britain.
Saturday 12th September
Art in the Age of Caravaggio: Violence, Rivalry and Innovation in Rome
Art in Rome around 1600 was the product of fervent Catholic faith and artistic rivalry. Caravaggio was one of the great innovators in a city that had tempted artists from far and wide with the promise of illustrious commissions for churches and palaces. His paintings startled the contemporary viewer with a lack of reverence; he took his models from the streets of Rome, displayed the saints’ dirty feet and rumours had it that he even got a prostitute to sit for a painting of the Virgin Mary. His success lay in focussing on the movements and expressions of his figures, evoking the viewers’ emotional responses.
Many accounts have focused on Caravaggio’s character. He is known as the violent criminal, as the homosexual with a tragic love affair or as the revolutionary realist. This short course will dispel several of these myths and replace them with an equally enticing portrayal of the city, its patrons and its artists. It offers participants the opportunity to engage with Caravaggio’s paintings in detail, to gain insights into painting techniques and innovation of subject matter and to understand the factors that drove artistic production in Rome around 1600.
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. University of East Anglia
Courses cost £60 each (including refreshments)
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