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Birth of the Individual: Guided Tour with Andrew Spira

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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.

Andrew Spira studied at the Courtauld Institute and Kings College, London. For several years, he worked at the Temple Gallery, London (specialist in Byzantine, Russian and Greek icons) and as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He was a Programme Director at Christie’s Education for 14 years. Besides writing and lecturing extensively on a wide range of subjects, he has taken numerous groups on cultural visits to Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Tunisia and all over Europe. His book The Avant-Garde Icon, on the relationship between Russian icons and Russian Avant-Grade art, was published in 2008. He is currently completing a book on the relationship between art and personal identity, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

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