SEASON November 2017 – May 2018

1900's Vienna – Hotbed of Culture

Tuesday 28 November 2017

1900’s Vienna – Hotbed of Culture

Gavin Plumley

In the 1900s Vienna was the capital of a vast empire and one of the most exciting artistic laboratories in the world. It produced painters such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka, architects like Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos and Josef Hoffmann. It was also home to the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, the composer Gustav Mahler and the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. How was it, this talk asks, that the City of Dreams became such a cultural melting point?


Mackintosh and the Glasgow Four

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Mackintosh and the Glasgow Four

Anne Anderson

Charles Rennie Mackintosh is now regarded as one of Britain’s greatest architects but his potential was never fully realised during his lifetime and he ended his days in obscurity. The role played by his wife, Margaret Macdonald and his collaborators has also been obscured. This lecture will highlight their iconic works such as the Glasgow School of Art, the Hill House, Helensburgh, and Miss Cranston’s Tea Rooms.

Andalucian Landscapes – Drama and Diversity

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Andalucian Landscapes – Drama and Diversity

Jose Padilla

Andalucia is remarkable on account of the dramatic contrasts between its landscapes. From snow-capped mountains to sub-tropical orchards, from its highland plains carpeted with cereal to its sun-drenched beaches, the variety is immense. In part these spectacular landscapes are due to geology and the weather. In part they have been shaped by man.

A Rebel on the Run – Caravaggio's Final Years

Tuesday 20 March 2018

A Rebel on the Run – Caravaggio’s Final Years

Sian Walters

Caravaggio was the definitive bad boy of art history – ambitious yet highly volatile. In 1606 his life was to change forever following a particularly bloody brawl in which he ended up killing a man. This lecture will explore the remarkable stylistic transformations that took place during the last four years of Caravaggio’s life, a period of restless yet extraordinary creativity when his own life was on the line. Members will recall how Sian Walters delighted us previously with her life of El Greco.

Lawrence of Arabia – Excavating a Legend

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Lawrence of Arabia – Excavating a Legend

Neil Faulkner

On the basis of sensational new evidence from his own archaeological fieldwork Neil will contrast the legend of Lawrence of Arabia with the true story of the events of the 1916-1918 desert war. Was Lawrence as some claim a liar and a charlatan? Or a brilliant military commander and sincere advocate of the Arab national cause? Find out if the legend reflects reality and how the cult of celebrity is created.

The Night before the Morning After – hard drink and Harlots in Art

Tuesday 22 May 2018

The Night before the Morning After – Hard Drink and Harlots in Art

John Iddon

In 2015 the Musee d’Orsay in Paris mounted a fascinating exhibition entitled ‘Splendours and Miseries’ with many brilliant artists featuring ‘ladies of the night’. At the same time Tate Britain displayed paintings on the theme of ‘Alcohol and Art’ . Be prepared to be entertained as John Iddon links the two subjects as depicted in the work of great artists such as Hogarth, Rowlandson, Cruikshank, Degas, Lautrec and Picasso.

Visitors are welcome to attend any of our lectures
Free entry for BDFAS members, Visitors 12 euros, Members of others NADFAS societies 10 euros, Students 5 euros