Over ten sessions, we’ll explore ten key cities at key moments in their history for the history of art. For instance, Florence in the early 1400s saw the rise of the Medici family and the Renaissance greats like Donatello (subject of a big exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi and Bargello until 31st July 2022), Botticelli, Bramante et al. Whilst in Venice, the influx of foreign influences and trade gave rise to a wealth of architecture and painters like the Bellini. In Barcelona, from the late C19th to the start of Franco's regime in 1939, there was a flowering of the arts with work by Picasso, Miró, Dalí, and Gaudí amongst others. In Berlin, the era between 1910 and 1930 saw the construction of the Pergamon Museum and the opening of the STURM gallery which heralded avantgarde art. Late C19th Glasgow saw the emergence of its own style, hugely important as an example of Art Nouveau in Britain with works by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Margaret and Frances Macdonald and James Herbert McNair. During Madrid's Golden Age, El Greco and Velázquez painted masterpieces. London in the 1960s is legendary for the explosion of popular culture but the fine art scene was more complex as artists divided between abstraction and figuration. Whilst New York may have suffered a low point in its economy, crime rates etc., this proved a fertile time for a new kind of art to emerge championed by the likes of Richard Tuttle, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark and Phillip Glass.
Art by City
On these Wednesdays 10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. (UK time) with a tea-break
1. April 20th: Vienna 1900
2. April 27th: Paris 1860s
3. May 4th: Florence 1400s
4. May 11th: Madrid 1492-1569
5. May 18th: Venice 1400s
Break week May 25th
6. June 1st: London 1960s
7. June 8th: Glasgow 1890s to 1910s
8. June 15th: Barcelona: 1880s to 1939
9. June 22nd: New York 1970s
10. June 29th: Berlin 1910-1930
A computer/laptop/tablet with free Zoom with a camera and microphone but please note you don't have to be on camera during the discussions if you don't want to be. You will be sent the Zoom course link nearer the time.