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Birth of the Individual: Guided Tour with Andrew Spira
Sat 13 May 2017, 11:00 – 13:00 BST
We take it for granted that our individuality is a ‘birthright’. But this has not always been the case. This tour of the National Gallery’s collection will explore the way the notion of the ‘individual’ emerged in a historical context and is reflected in the art of the time - in portraits of individuals, in naturalistic ways of seeing the world and in a ‘language of emotion’ that we now take for granted. It will focus on the 15th and 16th centuries when the concept of the ‘artist’ - an archetype of individuality - was firstly clearly articulated.
Join our guest lecturer Andrew Spira on an eye opening tour of the National Gallery's permanent collection. Andrew is currently working on a book on the relationship between art and personal identity and this talk is closely link to the new book.