History of Art Course: Unfolding Orientalism in Art & Architecture

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30 September 2019 - 28 October 2019
The Old Kiln

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History of Art Course
Unfolding Orientalism in Art & Architecture
Mondays, 30 September - 28 October, 11am - 1pm
£150 | Friends £135 for series of 5 classes
£35 | Friends £31.50 for a single lecture

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During the artistic career of John Frederick Lewis, many Western artists sought to capture the architecture, landscape and culture of the Middle East. It was Edward Said who later described this approach as 'Orientalism', situating it in relation to white European colonisation. This course will examine the ways in which Lewis and his contemporaries encountered, explored and depicted Islamic art and architecture, investigating both the historical and representational issues of British Orientalism.

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Monday 30 September

An Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture

Roberta Marin (Independent Scholar)

Monday 7 October

Orientalism and the Art Market

Richard Lowkes (Sotheby's, 19th-Century Paintings)

Monday 14 October

Frederick Leighton and Orientalism

Madeline Boden (University of York)

Monday 21 October

Women and Orientalism

Olive Maggs (Independent Scholar)

Monday 28 October

John Frederick Lewis and Islamic Culture

Briony Llewellyn (Co-Curator of John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame and Independent Scholar)

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About the speakers...

Briony Llewellyn is an independent scholar who specialises in British and Maltese artists' depictions of the Middle East. She has studied the British Orientalist artist, John Frederick Lewis, in great depth and is Guest Curator of John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame. She is also co-compiler of a forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Lewis's work.

Llewellyn worked on the catalogue of the Searight Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985-88, and since then has lectured and contributed to numerous exhibition and auction catalogues on Luigi Mayer, Amadeo Preziosi, Edward Lear, David Roberts, and John Frederick Lewis. In 2008 she was loans consultant for Tate Britain's exhibition of British Orientalism, The Lure of the East; she was also co-curator of an exhibition at the Royal Academy on John Frederick Lewis's early work. Llewellyn will contribute to Inspired by the East: How the Islamic World influenced Western Art, an upcoming exhibition at the British Museum, 10 October 2019 – 26 January 2020.

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