As term time well and truly comes to a close, Young Academic will be bringing you all the events a student needs to keep busy during the summer months. The Young Academic Ultimate Festival Guide has already brought dozens of fantastic previews and there are plenty more to come. For any of you interested in the arts, the National Gallery is holding a range workshops and exhibitions perfect for conscientious students. Have a look at the Young Academic student news listings.
Exhibitions and Displays
Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500
6 July – 2 October 2011
With support from The Jerusalem Trust
Using the Gallery’s own collection, Devotion by Design explores the function, the original location and the development of altarpieces in Italy during the late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance. The exhibition invites you to discover familiar works in a new light, and offers the chance to see other paintings that are rarely on display. Walk around free-standing altarpieces to examine how they were made, and see virtual reconstructions of disassembled altarpieces. One room in the show will evoke a Renaissance-era church, giving the sense of encountering altarpieces in a 15th-century sacred space.
An accompanying catalogue is available from the Gallery shops, price £19.99.
A range of prints and cards is also available.
Forests, Rocks, Torrents: Norwegian and Swiss Landscapes from the Lunde Collection
22 June – 18 September 2011
This landmark exhibition explores the vital role national landscape painting played in European culture 150 years ago. It includes works by Johan Christian Dahl, ‘inventor’ of Norwegian landscape painting, along with work by his student Thomas Fearnley. It also features work by Alexandre Calame, the father of the Swiss tradition.
A fully illustrated catalogue by curators Chris Riopelle and Sarah Herring is available from the Gallery shops. The Sunley Room Exhibition Programme is generously supported by The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation.
Art for the Nation: Sir Charles Eastlake at the National Gallery
27 July – 30 October 2011
This exhibition illuminates the life and work of the Gallery’s first director, Sir Charles Lock Eastlake (1793–1865), a man described by one contemporary as ‘the Alpha and Omega’ of the Victorian art world. Eastlake transformed the way the National Gallery was run. He also established policies for the acquisition and display of paintings, many of which are still in place today. The exhibition features material from the National Gallery’s archive shown alongside some of Eastlake’s key acquisitions for the collection.
Art for the Nation coincides with the publication of the Walpole Society’s centenary edition of Eastlake’s travel notebooks. A new biography of Eastlake and his wife and nephew, by exhibition curator Dr Susanna Avery-Quash, and Dr Julie Sheldon, Reader in Art History at Liverpool John Moores University, is also available. You can buy both books from the Gallery shops.
Take One Picture
Until 25 September 2011
A display of work by primary schools inspired by the workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio’s Tobias and the Angel. A Take One Picture DVD is available from the Gallery shops. Take One Picture is generously supported by The Dorset Foundation and by The Tavolozza Foundation.
Visit www.nationalgallery.org.uk/exhibitions to find out more.
Free Tours, Talks and Activities
Daily guided tours
60-minute taster tours of the collection
Every day, 11.30am and 2.30pm; also 7pm on Fridays, Sainsbury Wing Information desk
If you are visiting as a group of more than four people, you can book a self-guided or tailor-made tours in advance see www.nationalgallery. org.uk/visiting/organise-agroup- visit
These short talks focus on one painting, repeated on the same day throughout the month.
Friday–Tuesday, 4pm, locations vary.
Ten-minute talks are given in BSL and BSL-interpreted on Saturdays 3 & 24 September.
See www.nationalgallery.org.uk/calendar for details.
Every Tuesday, 1–2pm Sainsbury Wing Information desk
(Spaces limited to 40, first-come, first-served on day)
2 August & 13 September
The Bible in Art (with readings from the King James Bible marking its 400th anniversary)
9 August & 6 September
16 August & 20 September
Making & Breaking: Fragments of Paintings
23 August & 27 September
Light and Atmosphere in Painting
Food and Feasts in Painting
Focus in on one painting in our lunchtime talks in the Gallery (30 minutes, every Saturday and some Thursdays) or explore wider themes in the collection and our exhibitions at our in-depth talks (45 minutes, Sainsbury Wing Information desk).
Thursday Lunchtime Talks
Picturing the Word
A series of Thursday talks examining the connections between art and literature.
Dutch Proverbs: Jan Steen: The Effects of Intemperance
Jo Rhymer, Room 22, 1pm
Manet and Baudelaire
Rebecca Lyons, R43, 1pm
Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece: Saints Peter and Dorothy
Caroline Smith, Room 64, 1pm
Virgil and Claude: Landscape with Aeneas at Delos
Richard Stemp, Room 20, 1pm
Titian and Ovid
Norman Coady, Sainsbury Wing Theatre, 1pm
La Hyre: Allegory of Grammar
Rebecca Lyons, Room 18, 1pm
‘Devotion by Design’ talks. Accompanying the Gallery’s current major exhibition.
The Art of Worship
The Reverend Nicholas Holtam, Sainsbury Wing Theatre, 1pm
The vicar of St Martin-in-the- Fields introduces us to his new book (see p.16) and discusses how National Gallery paintings can be a source of spiritual reflection and contemplation.
Tying up the Testaments: New
Meanings for Old Stories
Richard Stemp, Sainsbury Wing Theatre, 1pm
Holding on to Heaven – Art and Respect for Relics
Richard Stemp, SWCR1,
3.30 – 4.15pm
Following a 1.15pm talk at the British Museum, introducing their Treasures of Heaven exhibition of relics, join lecturer Richard Stemp to take the story further, looking at the connections between relics and some of the masterpieces in the National Gallery’s collection.
Saturday Lunchtime Talks
Correggio: The School of Love
Karly Allen, Room D, 1pm
Fragonard: Psyche showing her Sisters Gifts from Cupid
Richard Stemp, Room 33, 1pm
Crivelli: The Demidoff Altarpiece
Vivienne Loren, Room 59, 1pm
Titian: The Vendramin Family
Rebecca Drew, Room 9, 1pm
Wright ‘of Derby’: An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (BSL interpreted)
Rachel Barnes, Room 34, 1pm
Del Piombo: The Raising of Lazarus
Steven Barrett, Room 8, 1pm
Poussin: The Adoration of the Golden Calf
Steven Barrett, Room 19, 1pm
Stubbs: Whistlejacket (BSL interpreted)
Sarah Tombs, Room 34, 1pm
Every Wednesday, 1 & 1.30pm
Who was Toulouse-Lautrec? Never heard of Titian? These talks provide an introduction to particular artists and their work in the Gallery’s collection.
3 August & 7 September
Van Dyck (1pm)
10 August & 14 September
17 August & 21 September
24 August & 28 September
Giovanni Bellini (1pm)
For details visit the website or see events poster/ask at Information Desks.
Talk and Draw
Fridays 1–2pm (except last Friday of each month)
Limited to 40 places, first-come first-served on the day.
Join an artist and lecturer to explore a painting in two different ways. First, listen to a short talk, then make your own response by making a drawing with the materials provided.
5 August & 2 September
Zurburán: Saint Francis in Meditation
12 August & 9 September
Pintoricchio: Penelope with the Suitors
19 August & 16 September
Cézanne: Hillside in Provence
Picturing the Word: Imaginative Drawing
Talk and Create
Be inspired by the collection to make a 3D creation. All materials provided (places limited to 40, first-come, first-served on the day).
Friday 26 August 1–2.15pm, Room 20
Luminous Landscape Lanterns
Friday 30 September 1–2.15pm, Room 53
Thursday 29 September, 1–2.50pm (performance includes short interval) Sainsbury Wing Theatre
Join award-winning storytelling duo Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden for a moving retelling of enthralling stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
Michael Landy Open Studio
Thursday 18 August, 3–3.45pm, repeated 3.45−4.30pm. (Limited to 15 places per session. First-come, first-served on the day at the Getty Information Desk)
A chance to meet our Associate Artist and visit his studio.
Art Through Words
Verbal description sessions for blind and partially sighted visitors.
Last Saturday of each month, 11.30am–12.45pm, Sainsbury Wing Information Desk
Please call 020 7747 5820 to guarantee a place.
Deaf presenter-led talks
Saturday 3 September, 4–4.10pm, with Deborah Neve
Saturday 24 September, 2.30–3pm and 4–4.10pm, with John Wilson
See www.nationalgallery.org.uk/calendar for more details about free events.
Family Activities Family Sundays
Join us for art workshops
(11am & 2pm), while under- 5s can jump aboard the Magic Carpet for storytelling.
(10.30am & 11.30am).
Holiday fun for families with children aged 5 to 11
Body Talk workshop
2, 3 & 4 August,10.30am, repeated 1pm & 3pm (80min)
Explore the body with anatomist Sarah Simblet.
Rhythms Abound workshop
9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18 August
11am, repeated 2pm (2 hrs)
Join artist Marc Woodhead and music group Saltarello on a sonic journey.
For children aged 2–5
Tuesdays 2, 9 & 16 August,11.30–12 noon
Wednesdays 3, 10 & 17 August, 10.30–11.30am
Art-making and play
Growing Out Loud
Thursdays 4, 11 & 18 August, 10.30am–12 noon
Talk, play, sing and create.
For all ages
Family Walk and Talk
3, 10 & 17 August, 4 September, 12.30–1.30pm
Family trails and audio tours are also available every day all year. Meet in the Education Centre Foyer for all events. Places are limited and allocated on arrival. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Find out more at www. nationalgallery.org.uk/families
Talks and Lectures
Cataloguing Early Italian Paintings in the National Gallery
Friday 16 September, 6.30–7.30pm, Sainsbury Wing Theatre
To coincide with the publication of a new National Gallery Catalogue, The Italian Paintings Before 1400, Dillian Gordon will discuss some of the new information to emerge in recent years, a period which has seen some major acquisitions, notably Cimabue’s panel of the Virgin and Child, a remarkable survival from the mid-13th century. Followed by a book signing.
Praised to the Skies: Ideal Orders in Italian Renaissance Altarpieces
Friday 23 September, 6.30–7.30pm, Sainsbury Wing Theatre
From the later 15th century onwards, the Virgin Mary takes on ever more commanding positions
within Italian altarpieces, with Giorgione’s Castelfranco Madonna being amongst the most impressively elevated. This lecture explores some motivations and effects of this development in northern Italian works, many of them in the National Gallery.
Devotion by Design: Some Reflections on the Exhibition
Friday 30 September, 6.30–7.30pm, Sainsbury Wing Theatre
Giles Goddard, Alison Watt and Colin Wiggins
As the Devotion by Design exhibition draws to a close, The Reverend Giles Goddard, Priest in Charge at St John’s Church, Waterloo, and artist Alison Watt (whose exhibition, Phantom, was
held at the Gallery in 2008) will join Colin Wiggins of the National Gallery in discussing the relevance of sacred art in today’s secular society.
Wine, Nibbles and Talk
Sassetta and Saint Francis
Friday 5 August, 6.15–8.15pm, Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1
£21/£18 concessions, includes wine and refreshments
Sassetta’s charming narrative panels from his now-dismembered altarpiece are a highlight of the Gallery’s collection of early Renaissance painting. Linda Bolton will discuss the original appearance and function of the altarpiece and examine the extraordinary story of the saint, one of the most influential figures of the 13th century.
Toulouse-Lautrec: Posters, Paint, Performance
Friday 19 August, 6.15–8.15pm, Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1
£21/£18 concessions, includes wine and refreshments
Looking at posters, paintings and works on paper by Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as contemporary photographs, we will consider how bohemian Paris became a centre of artistic experimentation. We will see how Toulouse-Lautrec’s representations of the modern city, in all its complexities, are as relevant today as when they were created.
Winter Peaks, Summer Lakes
Friday 2 September, 6.15–8.15pm, Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1
£21/£18 concessions, includes wine and refreshments
Johann Christian Dahl, the ‘father of Norwegian painting’, takes his cue from the rest of Europe even when depicting the snowy peaks of Norway. And a later generation of Norwegian landscapists studied in Paris, then returned home to capture the luminous magic of Norwegian summer nights.
Courses and Study Mornings
Northern Renaissance Altarpieces and their Italian Connections
Tuesdays 9, 16, 23 August, 11am–12.30pm, Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1
North European altarpieces did not only have a great influence on the development of altarpiece painting in Italy, they are also wonderful works in their own right. This course
will provide an opportunity to consider some of the great painters from the Netherlands
and Germany alongside their more familiar Italian contemporaries.
Fashioning Identities: Clothing the Renaissance Body
Wednesdays 7, 14, 21 September, 3–4.30pm, Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1
‘God has given you one shape and you fashion yourself another’. So declared a writer who disapproved of the tailor’s art. Dramatists, poets and moralists from Shakespeare’s time and beyond help us to decode the complex language of dress, drapery and deportment in Renaissance painting.
Exhibition in Focus: Devotion by Design
Saturday 10 September, 10.30am–1.30pm, Sainsbury Wing Theatre
This morning will take a close look at some of the issues raised by the exhibition. Jennifer Sliwka, co-curator of the exhibition; Ben Quash of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London; and historian David Ekserdjian will discuss the original appearance and function of some of the Gallery’s collection of Renaissance altarpieces.
Films and Special Events
Divine Doubt Film Season
Saturdays 24 September– 12 November 2.30pm, Sainsbury Wing Theatre, £6/£5 concessions
(Jessica Hausner, 2009), colour, cert U, 99 min
Cries and Whispers
(Viskningar och rop)
(Ingmar Bergman, 1972), colour, cert 18, 91 mins
(Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955), B&W, cert 12, 119 mins
Les croix de bois
(Raymond Bernard, 1932), B&W, 110 mins
See full details and book tickets at www. nationalgallery.org.uk/film
Dame Myra Hess Day
Tuesday 4 October
1.15–2.15pm, Room 36
The Ionian Singers, conductor Timothy Salter
To include music by Elgar, Parry, Stanford, Holst and Howells, and English Folk Song arrangements.
Afternoon Performance – Admission: One Shilling
3.30–4.30pm, Sainsbury Wing Theatre
Award-winning actress Patricia Routledge and international concert pianist Piers Lane tell the
extraordinary story of Myra Hess and the National Gallery wartime concerts. In Dame
Myra’s own words, and in piano music associated with her, we recall how her ‘great adventure’ began – and how it continued while bombs rained down on London.
7.30–9.15pm, Room 36
Tasmin Little, Piers Lane, Fibbonacci Sequence and the Menuhin School Orchestra
Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor BWV 1043
Ferguson: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Wallfisch: The Eternal Widow
Schubert/Mahler: String Quartet No 14 in D minor D810 Death and the Maiden
Book now at www. nationalgallery.org.uk/ music
6–9pm every Friday
Sponsored by Credit Suisse
Start your weekend at the National Gallery. As well as exploring the paintings or catching an exhibition, from 6pm you can enjoy guided tours, talks and events. Meet friends, relax at the bar, shop, listen to live music and have a bite to eat.
12 August, Free
Join us for a night of Renaissance fun at the National Gallery! Discover Renaissance altarpieces with a curator’s exhibition tour, see more in a Michelangelo painting by drawing from a life model, enjoy Renaissance song by candlelight – and families can take part in a magical storytelling session.
15-minute introductions to particular artists:
19 August Degas (6pm), Toulouse-Lautrec (6.30pm)
23 September Seurat (6pm), Gallen-Kellela (6.30pm)
Talk and Draw events
Join an artist and lecturer to explore a painting in two different ways. First, listen to a short talk, then make your own response by drawing with the materials provided.
12 August, Michelangelo: The Entombment, with life model (BSL interpreted)
9 September, Tintoretto: Christ Washing the Feet of his Disciples
(Limited places, first-come first-served on the evening.)
Artist’s Eye talks
Contemporary artists discuss a favourite work from the collection.
5 August: Michael Landy
16 September: Tom Hunter
30-minute talk followed by 15-minute Q&A
Those new to creative writing are invited to join poet Jacob Sam-La Rose for this free session.
26 August, repeated 30 September 6.30–7.30pm, Free
(Limited to 40 places, first-come first-served on the evening)
Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan
9 November 2011 – 5 February 2012
Sponsored by Credit Suisse
See the largest number of Leonardo’s rare paintings ever gathered in one place only at the National Gallery this autumn. Inspired by the recently restored National Gallery painting, The Virgin of the Rocks, this exhibition focuses on Leonardo as court painter to Duke Ludovico
Sforza in Milan in the late 15th century. Follow Leonardo’s pursuit of artistic perfection through
world-famous works never before seen in the UK, including The Lady with an Ermine, La Belle Ferronnière, The Musician and Saint Jerome, along with more than 50 related drawings.
Call 0844 248 5097 or visit www.nationalgallery.org.uk (booking fees); also available at the Gallery.
For groups of 10 people or more, call 020 7907 7059.
Find out more www.nationalgallery.org.uk
Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan recorded information line: 020 7747 5930
A range of events will accompany the exhibition.
Hardback £40, Paperback £25
This stunning catalogue accompanies the Leonardo exhibition. Pre-order your copy now from the National Gallery shops – visit www. nationalgallery.co.uk/ leonardo or call 020 7747 2870.
Daily 10am–6pm, Friday 10am–9pm (Closing commences 5 minutes before time stated)
Closed 1 January, 24–26 December.
Some areas of the Gallery will be closed for staff training on Monday mornings until 11am.
Telephone: 020 7747 2885
Email: [email protected]
Rail: Charing Cross / Leicester Square
Underground: Charing Cross
Buses around Trafalgar Square:
3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 453.
For press information please contact [email protected] / 0207 747 2885
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