Objects have always been present in western European paintings but the necessary clutter of daily life came to be used by artists as a language of its own, symbolising complex and invisible ideas. This two-day course charts the rise in popularity of independent still life paintings from the Renaissance to the present day, paying particular attention to its apotheosis in the 17th century.
What you will discover:
• Key insights into understanding and interpreting paintings
• Ability to analyse images and engage with the subjects of Western European Art
• Knowledge of key artists and masterpieces
Wednesday 20 October 2021 – 13:30 BST
Illusion & Symbol
The rise of still life painting as an independent subject, Caravaggio, Velázquez, Bosschaert, Rachel Ruysch, Dutch 17th century still-life painting.
Thursday 21 October 2021 – 13:30 BST
Meditation & Object
The depiction of objects as pure composition, the rise of the ready-made, Chardin, Morandi, van Gogh, Picasso, Duchamp and contemporary photographic still lives.