Art history basics: The Dark Ages

Sunday 16 November 2008
2.00pm - 3.30pm
5, includes refreshments. Please book 0161 235 8888,

Get to grips with the basics of European art history in this illustrated talk - just one in a series of accessible and lively talks by Nirvana Romell. This month find out about art history from The Dark Ages.

What are art history basics talks?   

Each talk in this series covers the main historical facts in the given period. The talks explore the main achievements in painting, sculpture and architecture as products of their political, social and economic circumstances.                                   

What will this talk be about?

This talk covers the oriental splendour of Byzantium and the might of Norman castles. Art travelled some bumpy roads during this challenging period of religious wars and oppression, of new kingdoms and the arrival of new peoples into Western Europe. Anonymous and restricted in many ways, the artists of the Dark Ages still managed to leave us examples of creative brilliance. This talk will show where and how to find them

Throughout each talk links are made to works on display at Manchester Art Gallery, giving a deeper understanding of the gallery's collections.

No previous knowledge is necessary but lots of curiosity, an open mind and a sense of humour will be useful.
When are the other talks in the series?

Talks are monthly on Sunday afternoons. The talks can be attended individually or followed as a basic course in art history. Future talks in the series are:

Sun 7 December: Late Medieval art

Sun 18 January: The 1400s - An age of discovery

Sun 15 February: The 1500s - Flourishing art and the doubts

Who gives the talks?  

Nirvana Romell is an experienced lecturer with a BEd in Art History and a passion for making the subject accessible and relevant. She regularly lectures for the Walker Art Gallery, National Association of Fine and Decorative Art Societies (NADFAS), and other Art groups. Her previous courses at Manchester Art Gallery, Classics to Contemporary and Modern Movements received excellent feedback from our audiences.

Nirvana’s talks are excellent, always gives you something to remember.

Brilliant lectures – enhanced by Nirvana’s personality.

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