Art history basics: An age of discovery

Man and woman talking beside a modern artwork
Man and woman talking beside a modern artwork
Friday 18 January 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 of accessible and lively and engaging 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 talk deals with various aspects of artistic developments and a new generation of great masters - Rubens, Rembrandt and Velasquez. Baroque explodes in lavish visual displays of everyone's power: artistic talents and patrons' money. The new religious division of Europe is reflected in art – in northern landscapes and southern crucifixions.

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.


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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