Tapestries were once the most expensive of all wall decorations. Often taking years to produce, they graced some of the most significant courts of Europe. This lecture will explore the making of some of the landmark sets by the weavers of Flanders and the Gobelin factory.Find out more »
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera have iconic status in Mexico. Inspired by Aztec and Maya imagery Rivera's intricate visual narratives adorn the walls of public buildings. Kahlo, arguably Mexico’s most original painter, made herself the principal theme of her art. This lecture chronicles their turbulent marriage and Mexico's history after the 1910 Revolution.Find out more »
After the Phoenicians settled in the North African ports of Sabratha and Leptis Magna the Greeks built the magnificent city of Cyrene. The Romans followed with Septimus Severus re-creating Leptis Magna, now a world heritage site, as the finest city in Africa. Hear how the coming of Islam changed the old order.Find out more »
Peggy Guggenheim was the “poor little rich girl” who changed the face of twentieth century art. Ahead of her time, she discovered and nurtured a new generation of artists and through collecting not only their art but the artists themselves, her life was as radical as her collection.Find out more »
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