Lectures are in the ArtsHouse: 10.45 for morning members: 13.30 for afternoon members.

Thursday 20 September 2018

As Good as Gold
Speaker: Alexandra Epps

In celebration of the golden anniversary of ‘The Arts Society’ this lecture explores the story of gold and the significance and symbolism of gold within the history of art. Gold was first discovered in the rivers of the eastern Mediterranean between the 6th and the 4th century BC. It is the colour of the sun, the colour of divinity, the colour of status and the colour of love. From creations ancient and contemporary, sacred and profane-all that glitters is certainly gold! 


Alexandra is an Official Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Guildhall Art Gallery. She is a Pallant House Gallery Lecturer, a City Lit Institute Art History Tutor and a qualified Guide to the City of London, offering lectures and walks about many aspects of the arts for societies, corporations and private individuals. Alexandra is a member of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association. Co-author of the book Lord Mayor’s Portraits 1983-2014 (2015). Alexandra’s background is in design having practised as a graphic designer running her own design consultancy for many years. She obtained a BA at Saint Martin’s School of Art, and an MA at the London College of Printing

Raffle prizes

To commemorate the Golden Anniversary of The Arts Society we are raffling both a book and a DVD at the September lecture.

The book is The Lady in Gold by Anne Marie O’Connor; a bestseller in America, it tells the extraordinary story of Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece,  a portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer better known as, The Lady in Gold.

Looted by the Nazis in World War II and displayed in the Belvedere Palace in Vienna until 2006, the painting became the subject of a decade-long dispute between the Austrian Government and the heirs of the original owners.

In the DVD Woman in Gold , starring Helen Mirren, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altman who had fled Vienna sixty years ago, starts her journey to retrieve family possession seized by the Nazis. Among them was Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.