Two of the most revered works of art in the world are the Ghent Altarpiece and the Bruges Madonna. Monuments Day Treasures and Theft
What are these pieces?
Who created them?
Why are they so important?
What are the stories they are telling?
What is their history?
Discover one of the greatest treasure hunts of the art world.
It’s a fascinating story of human endeavour and passion…and art.
We’ll be exploring their creation, the stories within them, those working behind the scenes as well as those who made it all possible.
We’ll see how they survived over the centuries, in particular their looting by the Nazis and the incredible tale of their recovery, as depicted in George Clooney’s ‘Monuments Men’ movie.
If you’ve not seen it, even if you have, the movie is well worth a viewing, which will be part of the afternoon (1 hour 50 mins), following our talk and with breaks! Refreshments will be available.
All for a donation of £5 for the Hall
Sit back and have a thrilling afternoon!
Monuments Day Treasures and Theft
Art tales is designed to encourage people to enjoy the arts – for start, to become more involved and for greater fulfilment. It is all about enjoyment, nourishment, a deeper understanding of works and primarily an examination of values. What do I see in that? What is it saying to me? What questions does it raise in my mind? Why? What is it saying about me?
It is also about the social, political and economic histories behind works as well as religious beliefs and convictions. So art works as stand alone or as seen, viewed and maybe judged within the context of their times and also maybe against our contemporary times and how we view things.
I am an art historian, I do a little painting and drawing, but not as much as I would wish but that’s my determination. In recent years I have given talks locally on a range of art matters as well as art practice classes.