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This lecture deals among other things with work Grinling Gibbons undertook for royal palaces.  It shows in detail the technique by which the world famous lime wood carvings, realistic to the point of deception, were made and fixed in place.  The lecture contains an analysis of the changes made by Gibbons to the décor of the Queen’s Chapel of St James’s Palace (Inigo Jones) together with an account of his development as a designer from 1670-1699.

Launce Gribbin lectures in the history of art and architecture.  Early success as a painter led to the study of Art History at the Cortauld Institute, after which he worked at the V&A, the London College of Printing and then as a tutor in Sotheby’s Department of Educational Studies.  

In terms of worldwide influence, the English garden of the 20th century was almost as significant as the landscapes of William Kent and ‘Capability’ Brown. The gardens created in particular by Sir Edward Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll set a standard against which English gardens would be measured for the next 60 years. Modernism, instinctively mistrusted by the English, swept over Europe and America at precisely this period and only in the 1990s were brave steps taken to establish an alternative to the Arts and Crafts style.

The third, and contemporary, strand of 20th century garden design is different again and is a curious mixture of formality, harking back to the 17th century, and informality influenced by new planting schemes from Holland and Germany. The best contemporary gardens, which point the way forward to the 21st century, combine these two elements.

James Bolton lectures exclusively on gardens and garden history. He set up his own garden design business, administered courses at the Inchbold School of Design and NADFAS and runs Border Lines, a garden tour company specialising in tours to English and Italian gardens.

Founded in 1911 and inspired by French Post-Impressionist and working-class life in London, the short-lived Camden Town Group chronicled changed in British Society immediately before and during World War 1 and heralded a new modern spirit in British Art.

Valerie Woodgate is a lecturer and guide for Tate Britain, Tate Modern and Dulwich Picture Gallery. She is also a scriptwriter for the Living Paintings Trust (art for the blind and partially sighted).

In this lecture Charles Beauclerk explores the life and music of England's greatest pianist, John Ogdon (1937-89), who rose to the pinnacle of his profession following his victory at the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow in 1962. Famed for his impossible exploits at the keyboard - a result not only of his prodigious technique and Herculean reserves of stamina, but of his magical flights of fancy - Ogdon was the ultimate piano man.

A severe schizophrenic breakdown, however, drove a coach and horses through his success, destroying his family life and leading to his early death at the age of 52. Drawing on interviews with Ogdon's family, friends, and colleagues Beauclerk pieces together the story of this tragic genius.

Charles Beauclerk has lectured extensively throughout Canada, the United States and the UK. He is a Trustee of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust and Vice-President of the Royal Stuart Society Publications.

Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor are amongst the most well-known sculptors working in Britain today and have both had major commissions for public works of art. With a wide range of inspirations and motifs, the work of these two artists provide an interesting insight into contemporary views and preoccupations in Britain.

This lecture looks at examples of both artists work, exploring the common ground between them.

Rosalind Whyte is a lecturer for Tate, Dulwich Picture Gallery and independent art societies, and an experienced Guide at Tate Britain and Modern, the Royal Academy and Greenwich.

The Mona Lisa, one of the most iconic paintings in western art, was painted by Leonardo da Vinci in Florence in 1503. It accompanied him to France in 1517 and eventually passed to the Louvre.

Why did Leonardo keep this painting with him until his death? What is its place in the history of portraiture? When did the Mona Lisa become an international celebrity? She has inspired artists and writers from Freud to Warhol, Dalì to Dan Brown, as well as songs and films. She went on a ‘state visit’ to Washington, meeting President Kennedy and Jackie; she has been vandalised and stolen. This lecture looks at the reasons for her fame – and incidentally, explains why she is smiling!

Paula Nuttall lectures for the Courtauld Institute, Christie’s Education, The Art Fund and the National Gallery.

Awareness of the extraordinary intelligence of many animals and their ability to rescue creatures unlike themselves has only recently been recognised. Why should dolphins rescue drowning humans, etc? But they have. Animal art has inspired some of the greatest sculptures in the world and some of the most loved paintings.

This lecture explores the evidence for extraordinary animal intelligence and the strong bonds that have endured between humans and their best friends. Not only paintings and sculpture but poetry, short stories, public monuments and military medals attest to our closeness to animals and our debt to them.

The fee for this lecture will be donated to an animal charity of our choice.

Lecturer: Hilary Hope Guise

The period 1900-­1939 saw some of Cartier’s most original and imaginative designs – from the pioneering diamond and platinum jewellery of around 1900 to the exotic influences and bold geometric designs of the interwar years with their brilliant conception and craftsmanship.

This lecture, given by the organiser of the exhibition Cartier 1900­-1939 at the British Museum in 1997-­8, reveals the genius behind Cartier’s jewels and the firm’s celebrity clientele, from European royalty to Indian maharajahs, American heiresses and stars of film and stage.

Judy Rudoe has worked at the British Museum since 1974, specialising in jewellery and 19th and 20th century decorative arts. She co-authored the Catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift of Jewellery to the British Museum and organised the Cartier 1900-1939 Exhibition at the British Museum. She is a Freeman of the Goldsmith’s Company and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

The question of fake decorative art has been in vogue for hundreds of years but increasingly sophisticated methods are being used by criminals to generate vast profits.

This lecture reveals actual case studies, demonstrating the lengths forgers will go to in passing off works as legitimate. Skilled forgers, capable of imitating well-known artists, have provided the ability to dupe many of the highest level within the art market. Experts have estimated that a high percentage of all works within the art market are fakes and these scams ultimately inflict considerable damage to collectors and the trade.

Malcolm Kenwood is a former specialist police detective investigating art and antique crime.

This lecture explores the diversity and beauty of mosaics, from their origins in the pebble mosaics of the 8th century BC in Greece to their adoption in the 5th century AD by Christianity. During the Roman period mosaics were made of tesserae, cubes of stone and glass showing scenes of daily life from grand estates, fishing and hunting, to gladiators, chariot races, gods and heroes and even food. Mosaics are in effect beautiful “mirrors of stone” which can offer an unparalleled reflection of real life in the ancient world.

Dr Paul Roberts is curator of Roman Archaeology at the British Museum.

Picasso, Man Ray and Max Ernst were three of the key artists of the 20th century. They were also close friends of the Surrealist photographer Lee Miller and the Surrealist artist Roland Penrose. This is the hidden story of a unique friendship which spanned the Surrealist movement and the last 30 years of Picasso’s life. It is told by Antony Penrose, the son of Lee Miller and Roland who visited the artists in their homes and recalls when they came to the Penrose family home of Farley Farm House in Sussex. It is told using the words and images of the artists and those around them with extensive us of photographs by Lee Miller.

For the past 30 years Antony Penrose has conserved and disseminated the work of his parents, Lee Miller and Roland Penrose. He is the director of The Lee Miller Archives and The Penrose Collection at Farley Farm House in Sussex and has seen his parents' work featured in major exhibitions at the V&A, National Portrait Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Whitworth. He has lectured at museums and universities around the world, and made documentaries for television. Publications include The Lives of Lee Miller, Lee Miller's War (editor), The Angel and the Fiend, The Home of the Surrealists, Roland Penrose the Friendly Surrealist and The Boy Who Bit Picasso.