• Henley DFAS

Forthcoming lectures

The Art of State Ceremonial Music Thursday 20th June 2024 10.45am and 2.15pm. Simultaneous transmission a.m. only

Lecturer: Dr Graham Jones


The Art of State Ceremonial Music
 
The UK provides some of the biggest Ceremonial Events in the world ,and arguably the best in the world, but why is that? How do the military prepare for major events such as State Opening of Parliament, State Visits, National day of Remembrance, Royal Weddings or even a State Funeral?
 
 
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The Glories of Byzantium Thursday 19th September 2024 10.45am and 2.15pm

Lecturer: Jane Angelini


The Glories of Byzantium
The importance of the role played by Byzantium as a link in the great chain of world history is an important theme. With its roots firmly in the Ancient World of Greece and Rome the Byzantine period – AD 330 -1453 – spans the medieval centuries.
 
 
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'I Saw a New Heaven and a New Earth' (Revelations 21): The Gothic Cathedral as the Heavenly Jerusalem Thursday 17th October 2024 10.45am and 2.15pm. Simultaneous transmission a.m. only

Lecturer: Emily Chappell


‘I saw a New Heaven and a New Earth’ (Rev 21) : The Gothic Cathedral as the Heavenly Jerusalem
This lecture will consider the aims and motivations of the master masons who built the great Gothic cathedrals of England and France.
We will study several key buildings: their architecture and stained glass, the influence of liturgical practice and religious symbolism on their layout and the importance of light and colour in their interiors. We will look at the technical challenges and how these were overcome by an extraordinary determination to build Heavenly Jerusalem on earth.
 
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The Invention of Photography and its Impact on Early Modern Painting Thursday 21st November 2024 (post AGM) at 10.30am only. Please note earlier time. Simultaneous transmission.

Lecturer: Dr Caroline Levisse


The Invention of Photography and its Impact on Early Modern Painting
Invented at the end of the 1830s, photography triggered a visual revolution. At the time, some feared that photography would replace painting altogether. It certainly did not but painting was not left untouched either.
Claude Monet, Impression, Sunrise, 1873 - Gustave Le Gray, The Brig, 1856
 
In this lecture we will consider how photography participated in changing the face of painting in the second half of the 19th century. It introduced a new relationship between reality and its representation that influenced painters such as the Realists and the Impressionists. It also encouraged painters to explore new directions. Freed from having to record the external world, painters could focus on more intangible things (such as emotions) or on formal aspects (such as colour for its own sake).
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The Christmas Story in Art Thursday 12th December 2024 10.45am and 2.15pm. Simultaneous transmission a.m. only

Lecturer: Sarah Ciacci


The Christmas Story in Art
In this talk we will look at works of art that depict episodes from the story of Christmas.
 
 
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