Art for starters: An introduction to European art history BOOKED OUT

    • 	Image: Edouard Detaille Vive L’Empereur! 1891 (detail) Art Gallery of New South Wales collection
    • With Lorraine Kypiotis

      Member, Lecture / symposium

Art for Starters is an introductory overview of European art history, from the classical to the contemporary. Focusing on major epochs of European history, the course considers how art is shaped by different cultural and historical contexts. The scope of the course is limited to key examples of painting, sculpture and architecture in the Western World, to provide a starting point for a deeper exploration of the visual arts, not only in Europe but also in the wider world beyond.

Note: Liz Gibson is no longer able to present this course as previously advertised. Lorraine Kypiotis, Education Outreach Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in art history and theory at the National Art School, Sydney, will present the course in Liz’s absence. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.

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Full-series subscription – sold out

Individual lectures: see below

Saturdays 6, 13, 20 July and 10, 17, 24 August 2019, 2pm

Single session:
$45 non-member
$35 member

Full series:
$240 non-member
$180 member

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

Cancellations:
Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. With subscription tickets there are no refunds for single sessions, unless a session is cancelled. Not negotiable.

Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium

Image: Edouard Detaille Vive L’Empereur! 1891 (detail) Art Gallery of New South Wales collection

    • Mapping European art & pagan beginnings – the world of Ancient Greece and Rome

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      Saturday 6 July 2pm – 4:30pm
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      Locate icons of European art within an historical timeline, from ancient Greece to the beginning of the 21st century. Travel through time back to ancient Greece and Rome and explore the roots of classicism in art. Discover why emperors, popes, princes and autocrats have enthusiastically embraced various versions of this ubiquitous style in order to amplify their power and prestige.

    • Medieval Christendom

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      Saturday 13 July 2pm – 4:30pm
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      From the moment it became an accepted religion of the Roman Empire, Christianity quickly spread and ultimately infiltrated the entire European world. The Church became one of the greatest art patrons of all time. Enter the mystical world of medieval art and discover the meaning of art terms such as Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic.

    • The Renaissance – rediscovering Greek and Roman antiquity

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      Saturday 20 July 2pm – 4:30pm
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      The emergence of the city state in Italy and Protestantism in the north resulted in the weakening of the power of the Catholic church and a rise in secular patronage. No longer dwarfed by the divine, man became the centre of the universe, while the status of the artist was elevated beyond the anonymous artisan. Discover how artists looked to the words and images of pagan antiquity for inspiration.

    • The expanding world - 1600 to 1800

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      Saturday 10 August 2pm – 4:30pm
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      From the 15th century, European nations began to expand their territory to the far flung reaches of the globe. Paralleling the geographic expansion was an expansion in thinking with subsequent scientific discoveries, religious upheavals and the emergence of the idea of “enlightenment”. Examine how these trends were reflected in the dynamic artistic styles of the time – Baroque and Rococo. Learn how to recognize these styles.

    • 19th century – revolution, romance and nationalism

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      Saturday 17 August 2pm – 4:30pm
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      The French Revolution and its aftermath set in motion profound changes. Napoleon’s notion of himself as a born-again Roman Emperor triggered a passion for all things associated with the ancient empire. See how the revolutionary spirit lived on throughout the century and manifested itself in a fresh swag of new styles as divergent as neo-classicism, romanticism, realism and finally impressionism. Find out how to tell the difference between all these so-called “isms”.

    • 20th century – modernity and beyond & ways of looking at art

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      Saturday 24 August 2pm – 4:30pm
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      The revolutionary fervour of the 19th century spilled over into the 20th century. Coupled with giant leaps in technology, it paved the way for some of the most radical changes ever witnessed in the way art was created and viewed. As the pace of life sped-up in the 20th century, so did the birth of new art styles, and a proliferation of new media. Discover the meaning of art terms like cubism, expressionism, surrealism, pop art and conceptual art. Conclude the series with a focus on ways of looking at art.