Still life revisited

Monday 16 and 23 April, 2.15–4.15pm

Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1

Gill Hart

£38/£36 conc./£34 Members & Patrons

What is the past, present, and future of the still life?

Discover still-life painting from ancient art to the modern day.

Week one: Monday 16 April
Looking at still life

We begin by looking at the history of still-life painting; its origin and how it developed through the centuries. We’ll reference paintings in the collection including works by artists ranging from Crivelli in 15th-century Italy to Courbet in 19th-century France. 

Week two: Monday 23 April
Tradition transformed

Week two focuses on the relevance of still-life painting today. After looking at how 17th-century Dutch artists tried to paint a varied range of materials and surfaces realistically, we will focus on contemporary art including Tacita Dean’s images of everyday objects.

Tutor biography

Gill Hart is Head of Education at the National Gallery. Before coming to the Gallery, Gill worked at Glasgow Museums and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Gill’s career in teaching has covered art history from the 13th century to the present day and she is particularly interested in researching new ways of approaching historic art collections.

Image above: Detail from Gustave Courbet, Still Life with Apples and a Pomegranate, 1871–2