Lectures & Courses on Art History

ZOOM LECTURE 2020: The Power of Beauty in Restoration England

Held on: Zoom
Lecturer: Dr. Laurence Shafe
Dates: Thursday 12 November 2020
Time: 20:00-21:00 (I will start the Zoom session at 19:30 to allow for set up time and I will begin the talk sharp at 20:00)
Fee: Membership only
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 publicly 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 through an examination of the Windsor Beauties painted by Sir Peter Lely and now at Hampton Court Palace.

ZOOM COURSE 2020: A Stroll Round Tate Britain

Held on: Zoom (I will be recording my talk but this will not include any video or audio of participants)
Lecturer: Dr. Laurence Shafe
  • Part 1: Wednesday 23 September 2020 – 18 November 2020 (eight classes with a half-term break on 28 October 2020)
  • Part 2: Wednesday 6 January 2021 – 3 March 2021 (eight classes with a half-term break on 17 February 2021)
Time: 10:45-11:45 (I will start the Zoom session at 10:30 to allow for set up time and I will begin the talk sharp at 10:45)
Fee: Free
Description: The talks are a tour of 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 links below display a pdf version of the full notes of the original two-hour talks. Below them are the recordings of the one-hour Zoom talks which are stored on YouTube and can be played directly from here.

September to November

  1. A History of the Tate
  2. From Absolute Monarch to Civil War, 1540-1650
  3. From the Commonwealth to the Georgian Period, 1650-1730
  4. The Georgian Period, 1730-1780
  5. Revolutionary Times, 1780-1810
  6. Regency to Victorian, 1810-1840
  7. William Blake
  8. JMW Turner

January to March

  1. John Constable
  2. The PreRaphaelites, 1840-1860
  3. The Aesthetic Movement,1860-1890
  4. Late Victorians,1890-1900
  5. The Edwardians,1900-1910
  6. The Great War and After,1910-1930
  7. The Interwar Years,1930s
  8. World War II and After