Upcoming events

More Russian than the Russians:  Catherine the Great

Given by Marie Anne Mancio

Intent on modernizing Russia, Catherine was devoted to the arts, and sponsored many cultural projects. In St. Petersburg, she had a theatre built for opera and ballet performances—and even wrote a few librettos herself. She also became a prominent art collector,...Read more

Baroque Festival Concert and Lecture

This year, in addition to our normal lecture schedule, we have added an extra event during the increasingly popular Baroque Festival.
You may remember Sandy Burnett, who delivered our lecture on Baroque music last February which proved very popular. This encouraged us to ask him to...Read more

The Conservation of Paintings

Given by Julia Korner

The talk comprises a practical, step-by-step guide to the conservation of paintings through the ages. It starts with a brief history of the preparation of panels and canvases and illustrates the different approaches and techniques involved in their conservation.

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Orientalism, Chinoiserie & Japonisme

Given by Suzanne Perrin

From the 16th to the 19th centuries these three strands of cultural borrowing gave rise to a new way of seeing and interpreting the world around us, at a time when few people travelled outside their villages, let alone outside their countries. These brought about ne...Read more

The Extraordinary Life of Misia Sert, Queen of Paris 1877-1950

Given by Julian Halsby

This is an extraordinary and fascinating story of a talented and beautiful woman who was muse and patron of the arts who has been described as “The Queen of Paris”.

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