St Christopher

The Northern Renaissance in painting, Desmond Shawe-Taylor
Event 3
Saturday October 6th, 5.00pm 
Little Missenden Village Hall

Paintings from the Queen’s Collection

This is an archived event from the 2012 programme.

This illustrated lecture coincides with The Northern Renaissance, an exhibition of works by artists to include Dürer, Holbein and Cranach at the Queen’s Gallery, London (November 2012- April 2013). It will examine the ways in which the ideas and achievements of the Italian Renaissance impacted on Northern Europe.

But was there also a similar and independent movement in the North during the 15th and 16th centuries? Certainly the courts of the Low Countries, France and England created and acquired magnificent things, while scholars and humanists discovered a new way of looking at and describing the world, one result of which was the Reformation. This lecture will examine the way in which the visual arts, and in particular court patronage, adapted to this momentous intellectual revolution.

Desmond Shawe-Taylor was Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery from 1996 until 2005, when he was appointed Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures. He has written extensively on English eighteenth-century portraiture and other subjects. More recently he has curated exhibitions at the Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh and London, including Bruegel to Rubens (2008 also at the Royal Fine Art Museum in Brussels); the Conversation Piece; Scenes of Fashionable Life (2009); and Dutch Landscapes (2010, also at the Bowes Museum).
He is currently working on a Queen’s Gallery exhibition entitled The Georgian Revolution, devoted to the reigns of George I and George II; it is planned for 2014 to celebrate the tercentenary of the arrival of the Hanoverian dynasty in 1714.
For more information on the Northern Renaissance exhibition, click here.

Lecture sponsored by B P Collins, solicitors