Lectures & Courses on Art History

Past Lectures & Courses

Past lectures & courses contains the lecture notes and slides for each lecture and class I have given.

Current & Future Lectures & Courses

 Course: A Stroll Through Tate Britain

Held at: The White House, 45 The Avenue, Hampton TW12 3RN
(free parking, café on site)
Lecturer: Dr. Laurence Shafe
Dates: Part 1: Wednesday 20 September 2017 – 29 November 2017
(10 classes with a half-term break the week of 25 October)Part 2: 10 January 2018 – 21 March 2018
(10 classes with no half-term break)
Time: 10:45-12:45 (with a 15 min coffee break)
Fee: £70 for 10 classes (paid by cheque at the first or second class). Note that all fees, less the hall hire, are donated to charity
Description: Twenty talks on the art at Tate Britain from 1545 to the present day. The talks combine art appreciation and social history with information on the works, the styles and the lives of the artists. The art at Tate Britain is hung chronologically and most of the talks discuss the art as it is displayed, room-by-room. The class will not be taken on a specific tour but Laurence Shafe is a Tate Guide and will inform the class when his guided tours take place.

  1. A History of the Tate, discussing some of the works donated by Henry Tate and others.
  2. From Golden Age to Civil War, 1540-1650
  3. From the Restoration to the Start of the Georgian Period, 1650-1730
  4. The Georgian Period, 1730-1780
  5. William Hogarth and His Contemporaries
  6. Revolutionary Times, 1780-1840
  7. William Blake and His Contemporaries
  8. J. M. W. Turner and His Contemporaries, Part 1
  9. J. M. W. Turner and His Contemporaries, Part 2
  10. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, 1840-1860
  11. The Aesthetic Movement, 1860-1890
  12. The Edwardian Period, 1890-1910
  13. The Great War and its Aftermath, 1910-1930
  14. The Interwar Years, 1930s
  15. Henry Moore and British Sculpture
  16. World War II and the Festival of Britain, 1940s and 1950s
  17. Pop Art and Beyond, 1960s and 1970s
  18. Art in a Postmodern World, 1980s and 1990s
  19. Art in our Connected World, 1990-today
  20. Summary

Lecture: The Power of Beauty in Restoration England

Held at: (to  be decided)
Lecturer: Dr. Laurence Shafe
Dates: (to  be decided)
Time: (to  be decided)
Description: It is 1660, the English Civil War is over and the experiment with the Commonwealth has left the country confused. When Charles II was invited back to England as King he brought new French styles and sexual conduct with him. In particular, he introduced the French idea of the publically accepted mistress. Beautiful women who could attract the eye of the king could become his mistress and influence appointments at Court and political debate.

The new freedoms introduced by the Reformation Court spread through society. Women could act for the first time, write books and one was the first British scientist. However, it was a male dominated society and so these heroic women had to fight against established norms and laws. This talk examines the power and influence of one group of women and they way they were represented in art.  .

Lecture Notes: The Power of Beauty in Restoration England