Gallery Visit – Seeing the World Anew: the Emergence of Landscape in Art
Saturday 3rd December 2022
10.00am – 2.00pm
The National Gallery – meet in the Sainsbury Wing from 10am when the gallery opens
Overview – During this visit to the National Gallery in London, we will explore the emergence of landscape in art with a particular (but not sole) focus on Claude Lorrain, Gainsborough, Constable and Turner. Psychiatrist and literary scholar, Dr Iain McGilchrist, writes that the arts in general, and the ways in which they change over a period of time, can tell us about the history of ideas. Visual art in particular presents in a beautifully sensory and visceral way, how we have seen ourselves in relationship to the natural world over time, and our sense of belonging to it. Each of these artists were innovators in unique ways and created ripples which influenced the Impressionists and other leading artists in the decades and centuries that followed, forever altering the window on the world that art shows us – and how we might consider ourselves in relationship to the world.
After the visit, I will suggest that you write about your reflections on the day, your responses and your personal choice of painting. This is not compulsory but encouraged as it will help you assimilate your thoughts and feelings about the paintings or painting.
£40 per person.
Note: If you have accessibility needs, the gallery does have a lift.
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