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Chivalry and Devotion: Medieval Art with Andrew Spira
Sat 29 April 2017, 11:00 – 13:00 BST
Chivalry and Devotion: Medieval Art at the V&A
The V&A has one of the richest and most diverse collections of medieval art in the world. Most of what survives from the period reflects the way life was pervaded by religious values, both publicly and privately. But the most elite patrons were also beginning to show a taste for domestic luxuries and status symbols. Their precious possessions offer some intriguing parallels with our own lives.
Join Andrew Spira on an eye openning tour of the V&A’s collection and explore together the diversity of life experience in the Middle Ages through the objects that the period has handed down to us.
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.