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Art Across: An Essential Art History with Sara Riccardi

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Art Across is a project created by art historian Sara Riccardi (History of Art MA at ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome) that aims to stimulate engagement and create connections between the artists of today and those of the past, through a series of sessions with an interactive structure. The format stretches from the Middle Ages to contemporary times and features eight sessions where the participants are invited to explore the arts in an essential, chronological overview, discovering the threads that link together centuries of art production.

This course will provide you with an excellent overview of the most significant phases in Art History, which can go on to inform your work, artistic practice or further academic/personal studies. They are also a perfect way to spend your Saturday mornings as the sessions are truly fascinating while being friendly, fun and interactive!

Advance booking required.

Individual sessions: £20

Book all eight sessions in advance for the price of seven: £140

To discuss session content, bookings, discounts or anything else, please contact the Library on 0161 236 6785 or e-mail events@theportico.org.uk

To discuss the course content, please contact Sara Riccardi via her website: artacross.co.uk

Eventbrite adds a booking fee, so if you would like to pay just £20 for a session or £140 for all eight, please contact 0161 236 6785 or e-mail events@theportico.org.uk

Cancellation of your booking must be received by The Portico Library 72 hours before your session for a full refund to be issued.

In the event of an unavoidable absence and the 72 hours' notice has been exceeded, your place may be transferable to another person, by your own arrangement. Please let us know the name of the person replacing you ahead of the session.

Cancellation by participants paying the discounted price for all eight sessions must be received by The Portico Library 72 hours prior to the first session for a full refund to be issued.


Workshop details

1. Introduction - 20 January 2018

A brief presentation of the structure and content of the sessions will be followed by some thoughts, open to discussion and debate, to lay the foundation of the series: we will consider the key themes of the History of Art, what it means to be an artist and how this has changed throughout the centuries. The final section of this session will focus on the pivotal moment of the affirmation of oil paint as the leading easel painting medium, providing a taste of the style and structure of future sessions.


2. Late Middle Ages - 27 January 2018

Although long considered as ‘dark centuries’, the Middle Ages were actually a time of lively and varied artistic production. Addressing the social status of the artists at the time and considering the role of the arts in common people’s daily lives, the session will offer an opportunity to become familiar with the art of this long period, that culminated in one of the most impactful visual revolutions. In particular, we will explore the role of Giotto, his legacy, and look with critical eye to his production, so to better understand why, or why not, he can be considered a revolutionary artist for his time.


3. The Renaissance - 3 February 2018

Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo. These three names could be enough to describe a whole century when the arts expressed a profound cultural revolution, which started with the Italian Rinascimento. But what were the key elements of this revolution? What did it mean to Renaissance men to feel like ‘dwarfs on the shoulders of giants’? And how, in other countries, were artists exploring similar issues? This session will aim to answer these and more questions by looking at the period masterpieces, and to open a reflection on if and how the influence of Renaissance culture still underlays some of our art and ideas on art today.


4. Dutch painting, Mannerism and Baroque - 10 February 2018

Gold, plaster, increasing virtuosity and eye-tricks, but also intimate everyday life scenes and delicate still lives. The 17th century was a period of exciting artistic diversification and ever-growing international connections, that brought about the development of a number of artistic movements and styles all around Europe, so varied and yet so intertwined. Mapping some of the most influential artists and trends, during the session we will reflect on themes such as the ways in which political powers employed the arts, while being overwhelmed by the visual richness of the artistic repertoire of this long, multifaceted and prolific period.

5. British painting in the 18th and 19th century - 17 February 2018

How did British art stand in relation to continental schools in the 18th century? Why can it be considered so distinctive in its development? What was the role of the Royal Academy of Art within the British cultural debate at the time it was founded? This session will focus on the arts produced by British artists during the 1700s and 1800s, and on their points of contact, or the absence of these, with the European classical tradition; we will follow a process that spanned from innovative and proudly autonomous responses all the way to merging that tradition with a renovated British style.

6. From Rococo to Romanticism - 24 February 2018

The 18th and 19th century marked the birth of what many consider to be the modern era. Political and social revolutions, as well as cultural ones, took place in the Western world, and the role of the arts in the new societies began to radically change. A massive diversification of styles and visual languages developed alongside the rise of new national consciousnesses, and through different paths of expression artists actively contributed to the diffusion of new values. Under the light of the striking artworks produced in this period, we will consider and discuss how popular society had an increasing impact on the arts, in a process that led the way and opened new horizons.

7. Impressionism - 3 March 2018

Impressionism is one of the most famed and celebrated artistic movements. The value of Impressionists paintings is among the highest and most stable on the art market, and some of them are amid the most iconic images of all times. In this session, we will point our attention towards the artworks in their context. Through a close observation, we will question the sensational quality of this movement and try to find our own explanations to its reputation. The emerging themes and the connections with other artworks from the same period will function as links to direct us towards the absolute novelties of the 20th century.

8. The 20th century and us - 10 March 2018

As the last session of the series, this meeting will function as an open conversation. Enriched by the inspirations and stimuli produced by the previous sessions, we will observe the rich development and increased overlapping of the main artistic movements from the beginning of the 20th century onwards. This period, being so recent and much closer to our own perspective, will be looked at with a more personal approach. We will, then, share our views, connecting the history of the 20th century to our art, and let the living artists of the present express their voices.

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