The Art of Seeing –

Art in Rome & Rainer Maria Rilke 

Thursday 27th June 2024

 7-8pm UK time via Zoom

£10

“Finally, after weeks of being daily on the defensive, one finds oneself again… and one learns slowly to recognise the very few things in which the eternal endures that one can love and something solitary in which one can quietly take part.

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

 

 

 This session will be recorded.

In this month’s Art of Seeing session, we will be guided into our encounter with one work of Art (which will not be revealed until the evening), that can be found in Rome, with the words of poet and writer, Rainer Maria Rilke. Rilke’s writing on the effects of art and architecture are among the most evocative, encapsulating the beauty and mysterious animate nature of works of art. In his renowned collection, Letters to a Young Poet, Rilke describes his visit to Rome in 1903, initially overwhelmed by the crowds of tourists, the heat, Rome’s ‘sad’ atmosphere, and its impact on his senses. Rilke’s words draw parallels to our own experiences perhaps, when visiting museums, galleries and cities, where the busy-ness and fleeting glances and loud chatter of tourists and visitors can distract from a deeper engagement and felt response to that which we see.  But eventually, Rilke describes the ways in which art and architecture can help us come back to ourselves again, to love, and to commune with the ineffable that comes through works of art. He writes;

Finally, after weeks of being daily on the defensive, one finds oneself again…but there is much beauty here, because there is much beauty everywhere… Through such impressions one collects oneself, wins oneself back again out of the multiplicity that talks and chatters there…and one learns slowly to recognise the very few things in which the eternal endures that one can love and something solitary in which one can quietly take part.”

This session offers a tripartite approach of theory, practice and reflection and you are encouraged to participate as much or as little as you like. 

 

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These sessions are £10 per person.