Unsurprisingly, sight and vision play a crucial role in both the making and understanding of works of art. This course will look at how artists themselves engaged and depicted the subject of looking and seeing in their work, including pictures in which sight plays an important narrative role, images of eyes, circular and oval pictures, and works that deal with the subject of lenses. Artists whose work we will examine include Vermeer, Poussin, Reynolds and Degas.
Lecture 1 - Thursday 24 March 2022
The mechanics of vision; how the eye works, the use of lenses and cameras, the camera obscura, the Claude Glass, the role and play of light, Jan van Eyck, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto.
Lecture 2 - Friday 25 March 2022
The act of looking; capturing the effects if light, acknowledging the act of looking, Impressionism, depicting the act of looking, Reynolds, Degas, Monet, Karen Knorr.
What you will discover:
• Key insights into understanding and interpreting painting
• Knowledge of key artists and masterpieces
• Growing confidence in discussing works of art