A Taste of Art: London


      Monday 21st March                 Monday 28th March                       Monday 4th April

       Gallery or Church?                     Exiled in London                         A Very British Affair                   Illusions of Reality                   The French Abroad                       From Turner to Caro

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After the successes of A Taste of Art; Madrid, Paris & New York, our next series will begin on Monday 21st March, 2022.

This series, consisting of three lectures, will be entitled A Taste of Art: London, and will explore Renaissance paintings in The National Gallery and British painting and sculpture in Tate Britain, as well as looking at French painters' depictions of London that are in a variety of galleries in London and all over the world.


The lectures will be 'live', via Zoom Webinar on consecutive Monday early evenings, at 6pm UK time (GMT). Each lecture lasts about 50 minutes, after which we will answer questions you can type in to the Zoom system.

Please note: The lectures will be recorded and available to view on demand for up to 72 hours after the end of each lecture, so you can enjoy them no matter where in the world you are or what time of day suits you best.ter which I will answer questions you can type into the Zoom facility. 

How to Sign Up

To participate in any one of the lectures or in the series of three lectures, simply click on the relevant 'Buy Now' button below, depending on whether you want to sign up for the full course of three lectures, for £30, or for individual lectures, at £12 each. You can also invite a friend to one lecture of your choosing, at a cost of £6.


A Taste of Art: London - Course of Three Lectures (see individual titles below)

This exploration of art both in London and about London will range from developments in Renaissance paintings in Italy and elsewhere, and the way they are displayed in the Sainsbury Wing of The National Gallery, to French artists depictions of 19th and early 20th Century London, and end with the works of some of the great British painters and sculptors in Tate Britain. Join us on this exploration of one of the greatest cities of art in the world.

Course cost £30.

Lecture 1: 'Gallery or Church? Illusions of Reality’  (Monday 21st March. 6pm UK time - GMT)

In London we have a major collection of spectacular Renaissance paintings in Robert Venturi's Postmodern Sainsbury Wing of The National Gallery. The building was deliberately designed with vistas that evoke the way these paintings were experienced in churches of the time.

In 15th Century Europe, various disasters led to a significant increase in demand for religious paintings and a corresponding upsurge in artistic creativity. This lecture will explore these developments in Renaissance paintings and the way they are exhibited in the gallery.

Lecture cost £12.


Lecture 2: ‘Exiled in London; the French abroad' (Monday 28th March. 6pm UK time - GMT)

From 1870 onwards French artists fled the Franco Prussian War and went to take up residence in London. Exile was not always easy, and many struggled to adapt to the English way of life, but artists such as Monet, Pissarro, Tissot and later Derain painted the city and the suburbs of London in evocative ways which build a picture of life in London seen from the viewpoint of a foreigner.

Lecture cost £12.


Lecture 3: ‘A Very British Affair; From Turner to Caro' (Monday 4th April. 6pm UK time - GMT)

Tate Britain stands on the Thames near a site which was a prison. From its origins in the sugar trade to its proud status today, it is one of the most loved of all London galleries. This lecture will explore its development as a museum, and its very British collection of sculptures and paintings.

Lecture cost £12.

Invite a Friend

You can invite a friend to one lecture of your choosing, at half price. Click the Buy Now button to complete your purchase and we will e-mail you for contact details for your friend, and the name of the lecture you'd like to offer them.

Cost £6. 

When we receive notification of your payment, we will also receive details of the e-mail address associated with your PayPal account, and will send you an e-mail acknowledging receipt.


If you haven't used Zoom before, it's easy. The later e-mail we will send you, a day or so before the lecture is due to start, will include the Zoom Webinar link. On the date of the lecture you simply click on the link - approximately 15 minutes before the start time of 6pm UK time - and when Zoom Webinar opens you follow the on-screen instructions.

See also Jacqueline's book,  ‘A Taste of Art: London’ (Unicorn Press 2019)