Art history basics : Late Medieval

Sunday 7 December 2008
2.00pm - 3.30pm
5, includes refreshments, please book 0161 235 8888,

Get to grips with the basics of European art history in our series lively and entertaining talks given by Nirvana Romell.

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

This lecture deals with the turbulent period in which art had to keep up with exciting social developments – the establishment of new nations, ruling courts, and reassertion of secular powers. The new styles of Romanesque and Gothic art marked the birth of classical painting and major developments in sculpture and architecture. The talk will illustrate the influence that the medieval period had on the artists of 18th and 19th century Romanticism. 

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.

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:

Sun 18 Jan 1400s: Age of Discovery

Sun 15 Feb 1500s: Art blossoms and doubts

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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