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A Generation Of Degenerates

A series of four lectures on the European reactions to war.5th June Otto Dix12th June Max Beckman19th June George Grosch26th June Ernst Kirchner

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A series of four lectures on the European reactions to war.5th June Otto Dix12th June Max Beckman19th June George Grosch26th June Ernst Kirchner

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Akhenaten Heretic Pharaoh?

The father of Tutankhamun  had his name and memory erased from Egyptian history, along with that of his son, by subsequent regimes. They dubbed him "the heretic of Akhetaten". Why did Amenhotep IV change his name to Akhenaten and abandon the old capital of Thebes? What propelled him and his...

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The father of Tutankhamun  had his name and memory erased from Egyptian history, along with that of his son, by subsequent regimes. They dubbed him "the heretic of Akhetaten". Why did Amenhotep IV change his name to Akhenaten and abandon the old capital of Thebes? What propelled him and his wife Nefertiti to raise an obscure deity the sun disc...

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Ancient Artworks In Popular Culture (Part 1)

A short course on the way in which some of the most well known ancient sculptures have progressively become icons in popular culture. The extraordinary allure of artworks such as the Discobolus or the Venus de Milo has resulted in enduring popularity: let us discover how and why!Spring term begin...

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A short course on the way in which some of the most well known ancient sculptures have progressively become icons in popular culture. The extraordinary allure of artworks such as the Discobolus or the Venus de Milo has resulted in enduring popularity: let us discover how and why!Spring term begin Thursday 11 January 2024

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Ancient Artworks In Popular Culture (Part 2)

Continuing on, we will explore more artworks that have become icons in popular culture! From the Mona Lisa to the Sistine Chapel and beyond, this course will be looking at how some extraordinary art has found its way everywhere from modern day advertising to coffee mugs and T-shirts.

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Continuing on, we will explore more artworks that have become icons in popular culture! From the Mona Lisa to the Sistine Chapel and beyond, this course will be looking at how some extraordinary art has found its way everywhere from modern day advertising to coffee mugs and T-shirts.

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An Introduction To The Architectural Masterpieces Of Nw England

An introduction to the architectural masterpieces of NW England: 500 years of history on our doorstep in 5 weeks.  Each week we will look at the development, history, interiors and landscape of selected buildings that you can visit and lesser known halls also.A short 5 week course  Thursdays - 18th  25th April...

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An introduction to the architectural masterpieces of NW England: 500 years of history on our doorstep in 5 weeks.  Each week we will look at the development, history, interiors and landscape of selected buildings that you can visit and lesser known halls also.A short 5 week course  Thursdays - 18th  25th April 2nd, 9th and 16th May

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Art Off the wall – Surrealism under the microscope24th April Magritte This is not a painting1st May Roland Penrose The Butterfly of British Surrealism8th May Feminising Surrealism Leonora Carrington, Dorothea Tanning, et alia

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Art On The Fringe Valuing Art

There is a conflict of values that invades our perception of what Art is. It is a disagreement between the price put upon Art in terms of the obscene amounts of money that billionaires are willing to pay and the aesthetic appreciation of Art by those who can only stand...

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There is a conflict of values that invades our perception of what Art is. It is a disagreement between the price put upon Art in terms of the obscene amounts of money that billionaires are willing to pay and the aesthetic appreciation of Art by those who can only stand and stare… but not buy.This course will seek to come...

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Creation Stories From Around The World

"Where do we come from?". This is an age old, existential question and people of all sorts have tried to answer it as they told stories about how the cosmos came to be. Sometimes it was a violent affair involving the clash of competing deities. Sometimes it was orderly and...

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"Where do we come from?". This is an age old, existential question and people of all sorts have tried to answer it as they told stories about how the cosmos came to be. Sometimes it was a violent affair involving the clash of competing deities. Sometimes it was orderly and sedate. The origin could be from water or from fire....

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European Painting In The 19 Th Century

This course will look closely at developments in art in Europe, concentrating on painting, beginning in 1800. French art and Paris is particularly dominant, with events during the revolution, and then the emergence of Realism and Romanticism, leading eventually to the birth of Impressionism in the 1860s. We will also...

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This course will look closely at developments in art in Europe, concentrating on painting, beginning in 1800. French art and Paris is particularly dominant, with events during the revolution, and then the emergence of Realism and Romanticism, leading eventually to the birth of Impressionism in the 1860s. We will also look at British art of the period, with the emergence...

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Family History Online: Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors

The course will consist of two hour, weekly Zoom classes, with follow-up emails summarizing each session, and offeringlinks, copies of any slides used, and any discussion points raised. Email support from the tutor is always available.Topics covered will include:- Scottish naming practices and surnames and how to understand  and interpret them;...

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The course will consist of two hour, weekly Zoom classes, with follow-up emails summarizing each session, and offeringlinks, copies of any slides used, and any discussion points raised. Email support from the tutor is always available.Topics covered will include:- Scottish naming practices and surnames and how to understand  and interpret them; clans and septs- The Scottish legal system and how historically...

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