Stories of Art: Module One

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Stories of Art: Module One

A Modular Introduction to Art History

Date and time

Thursdays 17, 24, 31 October and 7, 14, 21 November, 2-4pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Richard Stemp, with contributions from a range of Gallery experts


£100/£80 concessions (ticket valid for all six sessions of Module One, which cannot be booked individually)

Fully booked

Stories of Art: A Modular Introduction to Art History

The National Gallery’s collection reveals many stories about art history. Enrich your understanding of them by signing up for this modular course.

Gallery experts including curators, conservators, educators, archivists and scientists will share their knowledge with you; sessions are structured around key themes such as faith, artists’ materials, society and stories.

The full course consists of four modules, although each module stands alone and must be booked separately.

Module One: The Sainsbury Wing 1250-1500

There are many different ways of talking about the art of the past – we can talk about the lives of artists or how they influence each other – but this is only part of the stories we can tell.

Explore different ideas in this six-week course, each one representing an alternative approach to the art of the Sainsbury Wing. Each session will be introduced by course leader Richard Stemp in an hour-long talk, followed by a short break.

Several sessions will also feature in-depth contributions from guest speakers from the Gallery’s expert staff, focusing on specific aspects of the Gallery’s work. Time will be allowed for questions and discussion.

Together, you will gain a far greater understanding of not only the art itself, but also of the work the National Gallery does to care for, present and interpret its collection.

Module One programme

Image above: Detail from Piero della Francesca, The Baptism of Christ, about 1450s

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