14 December 2016

Illustrated Talk


 At the O'Callaghan Eliotts Hotel, Governor's Parade 

Time - 7:30pm

Topic Double Dutch: Symbols, Emblems and Double Entendre in Dutch Genre Painting

The merchants of seventeenth century Holland filled their town houses with paintings. A favourite subject was scenes of everyday life: depicting behaviour both good and bad. But these upright Calvinist citizens rejected Catholic Baroque melodrama. They wanted nothing to alarm the in-laws or corrupt the children. Innocent objects hint at adult themes: plucked chickens and lap dogs, lutes and virginals, oysters and artichokes, foot warmers and bed warmers. This is a world of subtle hints and double-entendre, spoken through a language of symbols, emblems and motifs
Given by Lynne Gibson: Lynne now works as a freelance lecturer in the History of Art, Critical and Contextual Studies as well as in practical Drawing, Painting and Printmaking.  For many years she lectured for the universities of Sussex and Bristol where she introduced ‘Understanding Art’ to the Lifelong Learning programme and residential summer schools