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The Guggenheim family, renowned for their mining wealth and philanthropy, managed to amass extraordinary art collections, and design or acquire astounding buildings to display their art, their name even becoming a brand. This lecture examines the celebrated museums in New York, Venice and Bilbao, as well as the stunning works they display.

Professor Andrew Hopkins FSA is an internationally recognised authority on architecture. Having worked in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and the Getty in Los Angeles, he has a specific personal interest in museum buildings, their founders, collections and architects. Professor Hopkins was Assistant Director of the British School at Rome and his numerous fellowships include Villa I Tatti in Florence, the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, the Getty Center, Los Angeles and St. John’s College, Cambridge.

NB This lecture will start earlier than usual in order to accommodate our AGM.  Please be seated for a prompt start at 7:30pm.  “Antiques. I don’t understand them and they’re beyond my budget. Nobody even collects anymore. They’re not for me.” This view is countered by a persuasive introduction to buying antiques and integrating and using them in today’s homes. The state of the antiques market and the different meanings of the word value are considered, and we take a look at what current and future generations of collectors are buying, why they are buying it and how they are displaying it.

Mark Hill is an author, publisher, TV presenter, and the leading specialist dealer in postwar Czechoslovakian glass. He has been an expert on the BBC Antiques Roadshow since 2007, and co-presented four primetime TV shows on antiques, collecting and interiors for BBC2, including two series of Collectaholics. Mark lectures widely and is a member of The British Antique Dealers’ Association, and a Freeman of the City of London.

During this lecture we will look at the work of André le Nôtre, royal gardener to Louis XIV, and the magnificent gardens he created at Versailles for the pleasure and glorification of the ‘Sun King’. We will examine the laying out of the formal terraces, great tree-lined walks and vast, fountain-filled expanses of water. We will also look at the extravagant entertainments that took place within the grounds, and the summer houses and pleasure pavilions where the King was able to escape from the thronging crowds.

Jane Gardiner trained at the Victoria and Albert Museum and went on to become a Research Assistant and Lecturer in the V&A Education Department. In 1987 she joined Sotheby’s Institute, going on to become a Senior Lecturer and a Deputy Director of Sotheby’s UK. Her areas of specialisation are early European Ceramics and Glass and Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century European Design.

Sir Anthony van Dyck has been described as the greatest painter in 17th century Britain. Though born and trained in Antwerp, he had a huge impact on English cultural life. As principal painter at King Charles I’s court, he portrayed many of the leading characters of the period and his portraits have shaped our view of the Stuart monarchy. This lecture will look at his life and works, focusing particularly on works produced during his time in England from 1632 until his death in 1641.

Rosalind Whyte holds a BA and MA from Goldsmith’s College, and an MA (distinction) from Birkbeck College. She is an experienced guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Royal Academy and Royal Museums Greenwich. She has lectured at Tate, Dulwich Picture Gallery, to independent art societies and on cruises, as well as leading art appreciation holidays.