E-News Bulletin January 2019

Our next lecture will be on Wednesday 16th January when Nora Courtney will be presenting The Impact of Medieval Drama on Medieval Christian Iconography. 6pm at The Art Workers’ Guild as usual. More details here.

**New Event**
Follow-up lecture to the Venice Tour celebrating Tintoretto’s 500th Anniversary
We propose holding a double-lecture session on the morning of Saturday 16th February in the Keynes Library at Birkbeck College starting at 10.45 and finishing at 12.30/13.00 including a coffee break. For this to be possible the session will be open to our membership generally. Tickets are likely to be about £20, to be confirmed. The lecture will provisionally be titled Titian and Tintoretto: Lives, Works and Miracles. Expressions of interest should be made to Michael Pearson: tours@londonarthistorysociety.org.uk.

Study Events
There are still places available on the visit to the Archaeology Archive of the Museum of London on Tuesday 29th January, and on events for the remainder of the Spring term. Full details can be found on our website: http://londonarthistorysociety.org.uk/whats-on/.

The London Art History Society Tour of Italian Court Cities, June 2019
This tour is being organised in conjunction with Art Pursuits Abroad. It was initially offered to members who attended courses led by the Tour Lecturer, Dr Geoffrey Nuttall. There are a few places still available and these may be booked by the wider membership. Details are now on the website, or you may enquire by contacting the Tour Organiser Michael Pearson at tours@londonarthistorysociety.org.uk.

NATIONAL GALLERY, until end February 2019
Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (1615-17)
This recently acquired and newly-cleaned painting is now on display in the National Gallery until early March when it will go on a national tour. A film series about the conservation of the painting is available on the gallery’s website. A major exhibition of around 35 paintings from the artist’s oeuvre is planned for 2020. It is the first painting of the female artist to enter a public collection in the UK. More information here.

LONDON FASHION MUSEUM, until 30th January 2019
Cecil Beaton: Thirty from the Thirties
Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs
Two complementary exhibitions. Hollywood’s golden era is shown through Beaton’s photographic portraits including Marlene Dietrich, Katherine Hepburn and Salvador Dali. And in the second exhibition 1930s clothes are shown alongside portraits of 1930s celebrities. More information here.
ESTORICK GALLERY, 16th January-7th April 2019
Fausto Melotti: Counterpoint
This solo exhibition includes key works of an artist revered in Italy but little known in the UK. The works on display demonstrate his multi-faceted career which used varied media informed by music and mathematics. More information here.

VICTORIA MIRO MAYFAIR, 23rd January-23rd March 2019
Asger Jorn, Per Kirkeby, Tal R
An exhibition celebrating three generations of Danish artists working during the twentieth century through to the present. All three artists worked across a range of genre and media including artists’ books, three-dimensional works and architectural interventions as well as painting. Their subject-matter ranges from Nordic mythology to geology and the liminal space of sleep. More information here.

TWO TEMPLE PLACE, 26th January-22nd April 2019
John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing
An exhibition celebrating the bicentenary of Ruskin’s life. Over 190 of his works from many regional museums have been gathered together to examine how his attitude to aesthetic beauty informed his radical views on culture and society. It is also an opportunity to view the interior of the late-Victorian mansion built by William Waldorf Astor which is normally only open to the public during its annual exhibition. More information here.

ROYAL ACADEMY, 26th January-31st March 2019
Bill Viola/Michelangelo: Life Death Rebirth
Fifteen drawings by Michelangelo will be displayed alongside video installations by Bill Viola in order to explore unexpected affinities between the two artists. More information here.

GRESHAM COLLEGE, 30th January 2019, 6-7pm, Museum of London
Architecture, Images and Image-making under the Stuarts
This lecture is part of a series called Art and Power in which Professor Simon Thurley discusses the relationship between art, architecture and power during sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Britain. Lectures are free and are on a first come first served basis. More information here.
Also at Gresham College on 4th February, 1-2pm:
Ruskin at 200: The Art Critic as Word-Painter
Professor Malcolm Andrews will explore Ruskin’s descriptive powers by focusing on four or five paintings which he critiqued. Find out more here.


A list of major exhibitions showing in London in the second half of 2018, many continuing into 2019, can be viewed on our website. A new listing for the first half of 2019 will be published at the end of January.

Do keep an eye open for events announced between bulletins in the News section on the Home page of our website.

Rae Richardson
Communications Coordinator

E-News Bulletin December 2018