CHEPSTOW AND ABERGAVENNY MUSEUM ART HISTORY COURSES | PREVIEW
Having moved online in October 2020, Eleanor Bird’s popular art history lectures – running in association with Monmouthshire Heritage and Chepstow and Abergavenny Museums – continue in to 2021. Beginning on Mon 18 Jan, the two courses offer an ambitious programme of study for art enthusiasts and beginners alike.
Hosted on Zoom, the Introduction To Art History course is spread over 10 hour-long sessions and runs the gamut of western art from the Roman period to mediaeval religious iconography, charting a course towards the abstractions and impressionisms of the modern masters.
Veteran art enthusiasts, or those seeking a deeper dive in to a more specific period of art history, may be better served by The Giants Of 19th Century Art: running in parallel with the introductory course, this series of lectures instead offers in-depth analyses and historical discussion of some of art’s most venerated figures. Household European names like Cezanne, Monet and Degas naturally feature while others such as David Wilkie, a Scottish artist with a deft textural touch and subtle awareness of tone, may come as a pleasant surprise.
Eleanor Bird is an experienced public and academic lecturer, so participants – art fanatics or newcomers alike – are in safe hands for their respective journeys into art history. At the very least, participants will have something interesting to talk about once they’re vaccinated and able to leave the house. Both courses run for 10 weeks, the 19th Century lectures featuring two opportunities to join the call on Mondays and Wednesdays.
words JOHN MCLOUGHLIN