Our Lecture on  Tuesday 8th October is  Power, Propaganda & Men in Tights: English Art Under the Tudors. Our Speaker is Linda Smith

This lecture looks at the key developments in early English painting, which in the 16c, were being made largely by foreigners. Important works by artists like Holbein, Eworth and Gheeraerts are explained in detail, and close attention is paid to symbolism, both personal and political.

Portraiture dominated the period, and images of the great monarchs and personalities of the age are compared and contrasted in terms of the functions they were intended to fulfil. Other genres, like religious subjects and the early beginnings of landscape painting, are also featured. The talk also examines the intriguing issue of naturalism, and how and why the requirement for it waxed and waned during the period.