E-news bulletin December 2023

Our next lecture will take place online on 11 December at 6pm – Art, Style and Design in the Service of King and Church: the Bologna Cope, a masterpiece of ‘opus anglicanum’ given by Dr Michael A. Michael.

Lectures for the remainder of the 2023-24 programme are as follows:

12 February 2024, 6pm online – Notre-Dame Cathedral de Paris: five years on, given by Dr Alexandra Gajewski

11 March 2024, 6pm online – A World in Pieces: medieval wall mosaics, given by Professor Liz James

10 June 2024, 6pm at The Art Workers’ Guild – Exploring Edward Bawden’s England, given by Dr Gill Saunders

Booking is open for all lectures.

Our online study day Picasso: prophet or profit on 13 February currently has a low number of bookings. The content of the study day was specifically planned by Jacqueline Cockburn, a specialist in Spanish art, with the Society in mind. If we do not have enough bookings to cover our costs we will be forced to cancel the event, so if you are interested please do book soon to ensure that the event can go ahead. It would be a shame if this event has to be cancelled.

It is also necessary due to a low number of bookings to move online the course A Golden Age of British Portraiture: The Eighteenth Century, starting on 20 February, in order to ensure the event does not make a loss. The course will be recorded and available to participants for one week after each session. This does have the advantage of making the course more flexible for members who cannot commit to five sessions on a particular day of each week and for our members who prefer to attend online. Please consider reserving a place as soon as possible.

Non-members attending events
We have extended the trial period until the end of the year, so events which are undersubscribed two weeks before the occasion will continue to be open for non-members to attend. Guest attendance will involve contacting the organiser by email to express interest (go to our website, select an event, if the green places available sign is showing click the booking button, and then select the organiser’s name under Contact to access the email address). It is important for administrative reasons that requests for guest attendance is arranged via the organiser. Please do not try to book guest places directly via the online booking system. Guests may only attend one event during the trial period.


Gesture and Line
The exhibition explores the works on paper of four German and Austrian artists who spearheaded the practice of drawing after WW2.

KEW GARDENS, until 7 April 2024
Mat Collishaw: Petrichor
An exhibition showcasing an array of imagery from the natural world which explores the relationship between art and nature.


GUILDHALL LIBRARY, 5 December 2023, 2-3pm online
City of Angels
A talk exploring angels as public art hidden in churches, gardens and secret corners of the City.

VAN GOGH HOUSE, 6 December 2023, 7pm
Was Van Gogh a Victorian Artist?
Griselda Pollock explores the notion that Van Gogh was at heart more a Victorian than modern artist.

THE COURTAULD, VERNON SQUARE, 7 December 2023, 5.30-7pm
Titian and the “Ethiop’s ear”
A lecture considering the way in which Titian’s Africans play different roles in his paintings and how Africa is represented as a legendary region in the minds of sixteenth-century Venetians.

Hawksmoor and the English Gothic Church
This seminar will explore the architect’s relationship with the Gothic church and will argue that his approach to the Gothic style was influenced by his experience training with Sir Christopher Wren.

THE COURTAULD, VERNON SQUARE,14 December 2023, 6-7.30pm
R. B. KITAJ: London to Los Angeles
The event will include a film about the artist followed by a panel discussion appraising his paintings and drawings from 1997 to 2007. It coincides with the exhibition of Kitaj’s work at Piano Nobile gallery.

New and recent exhibitions showing this month: Pesellino at the National Gallery, Impressionists on Paper at the Royal Academy, Hockney at the National Portrait Gallery and Holbein at the Queen’s Gallery. You can access and download a listing of current and future exhibitions showing in London here.