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Being human: The figure in art - Art appreciation lecture series 2019

Being human: The figure in art - Art appreciation lecture series 2019

In 2019, the Society’s Art Appreciation lecture series will study how we look at ourselves and in what ways. With the nude we embody physical beauty and human frailty: the ancient Greeks, Rubens, Lucian Freud. The portrait reveals personality and power: Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Picasso. Social revolution, political upheaval and protest all find expression in the human form.

Image: Charles Meere Australian beach pattern 1940 (detail) © Charles Meere Estate/Copyright Agency 2018

7 Tracks
01 Maud Page: Multiple art histories and their depiction of the figure – Pacific and beyond
02 Mark Ledbury: The human hand and the art of the caves
03 Christopher Allen: Classical Greek sculpture: between idea and experience
04 Charlotte Galloway: A Buddha for every age
05 Louise Marshall: The hedgehog saint and the walking dead: escaping the plague in Renaissance Italy
06 Peter Kohane: The human body and Renaissance architecture: the works of Alberti, Michelangelo and Palladio
07 Lisa Beaven: The shock of the nude: sex, love and marriage in the Renaissance