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TALK: Raphael And His Paintings Of The Madonna And Child

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TALK: Raphael And His Paintings Of The Madonna And Child

with David Lowe

Even from a karmic aspect we can approach Raphael in many different ways.

When Rudolf Steiner gave his Art History Lectures in 1916 and 1917. Raphael was regarded as the pre-eminent Renaissance artist. His star has been somewhat eclipsed in our time by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. What Rudolf Steiner asserted about Raphael in his earlier lectures feels at odds with the gentle, kind and loving individual who painted so many works expressing the relationship of the child, Jesus, to his mother. Hopefully, given the relative decline in Raphael's popularity, it is now possible to look at these anew and afresh.

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David Lowe spent many years researching and later lecturing about Goethe's discovery and experience of metamorphosis during his journey through Italy.

The first part of this became his Art History MA thesis published by Lindisfarne as Goethe and Palladio. David followed Goethe's Italian Journey day-to-day for a year, in company with the artist, Simon Sharp. David and Simon gave lectures on the journey in many places in the UK and in the USA, including the German Embassy in London, the British Museum, the Edinburgh International Festival and separately, the Edinburgh Science Festival, and, of course, at Emerson College.

Since then he has lectured widely on artists and art history, including an extensive tour around many different parts of the USA with a series of talks about Michelangelo. Part of the time he was accompanied by a eurythmist who explored Michelangelo's depictions in the Sistine Chapel of the Sibyls and the Prophets.

For over 30 years, David has been active organising study groups and lectures, as well as the Looking at Art series at Rudolf Steiner House in London. Before that he studied at Emerson College in the early 80s. He has a large allotment garden in Oxford where he lives but it never seems to get the time and attention it deserves.


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