Season October 2016 – May 2017
Once more our Programme Secretary has put together a veritable feast of topics and highly skilled lecturers for the upcoming season. All lectures start at 11 a.m. and are held at the San Roque Golf & County Club. Lectures are free to members, and cost 12€ to visitors and 10€ to other NADFAS society members.
|19th OCTOBER 2016
AT THE SIGN OF THE FALCON: LIFE AND WORK OF HENRY GEORGE MURPHY, BRITAIN’S MOST NEGLECTED GOLDSMITH
by JOHN BENJAMIN
BBC ANTIQUES ROADSHOW SPECIALIST
Harry Murphy, working from the Falcon Studio, London, from 1928 to 1939 designed and created a prodigious amount of silverware plus gold, silver and enamel jewellery.
We are exceedingly fortunate to be able to offer our members a 5 minute private valuation by John Benjamin of their jewellery and any Fabergé items, maximum 3 objects but no watches. More details to follow.
|16th NOVEMBER 2016
EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN ART SINCE 1970
by GERALD DESLANDES
This talk will look at major developments in European and American art from the end of Pop to the beginnings of Postmodernism. It will describe how during the 1970s artists turned away from traditional painting and sculpture in favour of installations, photography, performance and film. New superstars and their work from Damien Hirst to Ai Weiwei will be examined.
Handout European & American Art since 1970.
|14th DECEMBER 2016
DOUBLE DUTCH SYMBOLS, EMBLEMS AND DOUBLE ENTENDRE IN DUTCH GENRE PAINTING
by LYNNE GIBSON
The merchants of 17th Century Holland filled their houses with paintings. A favourite subject was scenes of everyday life: depicting behaviour both good… and bad!
|18th JANUARY 2017
DALE CHIHULY – THE WORLD’S FOREMOST GLASS ARTIST
by CHARLES HAJDAMACH
American glass artist Dale Chihuly (born 1941) is the super-star of the glass world. With his passion for glass and his larger than life personality, he creates glass sculptures which are extravagant, colourful and spectacular.
|15th FEBRUARY 2017
MORE RUSSIAN THAN THE RUSSIANS: CATHERINE THE GREAT
by MARIE-ANNE MANCIO
Catherine the Great had such a passion for art that she built the Hermitage for her 38,000 books, 10,000 engraved gems, 34,000 casts and pastes, 10,000 drawings and a natural history collection that filled two large galleries… amongst other things!
|15th MARCH 2017
THE ELGIN MARBLES
by DR. STEPHEN KERSHAW
2016 marked the 200th anniversary of the purchase of the Elgin Marbles from Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, by the British Parliament. Dr. Kershaw will be examining important questions about the reason for their creation, their chequered history, why they are highly regarded and why there are such passionately held views both for and against their repatriation to Greece.
|19th APRIL 2017
THE HONOURABLE EAST INDIA COMPANY AND EAST-WEST TRADE: CHINTZ, CHINESE EXPORT AND CHINOISERIES 1600-1800
by VIV LAWES
This lecture explores the way in which the East India Company developed its methods of trade and facilitated the increasingly sophisticated and profound exchange of ideas between East and West.
|17th MAY 2017
THE GRAND TOUR
by PROFESSOR JEREMY BLACK
Focusing on what the Grand Tour meant for the British, Jeremy Black looks at the art produced for and by the British and considers the cultural significance of the Grand Tour as well as the practical aspects of travel.