Lectures are in the Play House: 10.45 for morning members: 13.30 for afternoon members.
Thursday 28 February 2019
The Queen of Instruments: The Lute Within Old Master Paintings.
By Adam Busiakiewicz.
The lute holds a special place in the history of art: Renaissance artists depicted it as evoking celestial harmony, Holbein and Titian showed it as a pastime of courtiers and later Jan Steen and Frans Hals used it to emphasise debauched and transient pleasures. This lecture uses live music performance of the lute and other musical instruments to show how these devices expressed various aspects of the human character throughout the ages.
Adam is an independent Art Historian and Guide Lecturer at The Wallace Collection. He was previously Head of Historical Interpretation at Warwick Castle and has had articles published by the British Art Journal and Hispanic Lyra.