Art History

Leonardo da Vinci: Lady with an Ermine
Status: Active, open to new members
Group Leader:
When: Fortnightly on Friday mornings
between October and March, alternating with the Art Appreciation group.
Venue: On Zoom

Group Convenor David Ploss (manages the group's register)

Zoom is convenient for members from any part of Bristol (or beyond). Travel difficulties are avoided, while slides can be seen better and in more detail. We can split into break-out rooms to be in small groups for easier participation in discussion.

We study art history by looking with our own eyes at key works reproduced in PowerPoint slides. We explore contexts and connections within our Western artistic heritage, with a view to increasing our understanding and so the pleasures we derive from it.

Talks supply some context and guide our looking, treating such questions as: why this subject matter? why represented in this way? how related to earlier works? how did artistic traditions and conventions change as the world changed?

The Zoom link is circulated to Group members a day or two before each of our meetings, which begin with logging into Zoom at or just before 10.00 am for some general conversation in break-out rooms.

The talk starts at 10.15 and part way through it there is an interval, again in break-out rooms, for coffee and discussion. After the talk there are questions and more discussion.

New members are welcome. We are a large group with no limit on numbers. Registering in advance is essential - to join please email David Ploss who manages the Group's register.

Our next season starts in October. While each session can be enjoyed for itself, you will get most out of the course if you can attend regularly. Information about previous seasons can be found below.

Van Eyck: Man in a Red Turban

Looking back at some of the artworks we discussed in the 2023-24 season, now completed.

Looking back at some of the artworks we discussed in the 2022-23 season.

Forthcoming Events

4th October 2024

Start of the 2024-2025 Season

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