Studies in Art

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In 1621 Van Dyck made his way to Italy to study the art of the past as well as that of his contemporaries which was to be crucial for his later career.

This course will provide a background and context to Van Dyck’s time in Rome and Sicily. Rome, in the early seventeenth century, was in many respects a symbol of splendour with its sense of renewal, its vibrant artistic circles and its religious and secular patronage. It was a magnet for both Italian and foreign artists such as the Carracci, Caravaggio, Rubens and Elsheimer and it was in this cosmopolitan atmosphere that a revolution in style took place later to be called the Baroque.


Tuesday 14 February 2012

10.30am
The Birth of the Baroque; Saints and Sinners in Early Seventeenth-Century Roman Art
Helen Langdon

12.00noon
“In majorem Dei et Ecclesiae gloriam”: Rome and the Church’s Renewal
Lynda Stephens

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
“To every syllable a note”: Music and the Counter Reformation
Roderick Swanston


Tuesday 21 February 2012

10.30am
The Triumph of Rome: Rubens in Italy 1600-1608
Professor David Howarth, History of Art, University of Edinburgh

12.00noon
Van Dyck in Rome: The Education of an Artist
Dr Beverly Louise Brown, Independent Scholar

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Caravaggio’s Musical World: Cardinals, Lutenists and Singers
Helen Langdon

2.30pm
“First the Words..” :The Supremacy of Words over Music in late sixteenth Century Madrigals and Early Seventeenth Century Vocal Music
Roderick Swanston


Tuesday 28 February 2012

10.30am
Plague, Piety and Palace
Dr Helena Hammond, Senior Lecturer, University of Roehampton

12.00noon
Van Dyck in Sicily: An Introduction
Dr Xavier Bray, Arturo and Holly Melosi Chief Curator, Dulwich Picture

1.00pm
Lunch

2.45pm
Visit to the exhibition “Van Dyck in Sicily: Painting and the Plague 1624-25” at Dulwich Picture Gallery

4.15pm
Coach departs for Central London