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Art Pursuits Abroad specialises in Art History and Architectural Cultural Study Tour Holidays in Europe and beyond.

Van Eyck & the Pre-Raphaelites

20 Oct 2017

Full day: £90.00

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Van Eyck & the Pre-Raphaelites Study Day

In 1848, against a turbulent backdrop of political unrest, social upheaval and rapid mass industrialisation, seven young, disillusioned artists and intellectuals came together to form a secret society that would promote a new direction in British art and moral attitudes. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, as they became known, would strive to produce art that was heartfelt and direct, expressed genuine ideas, and was true to nature — a clear rejection of the popular artistic teachings of the day, which favoured clarity of form and ease of composition as perfected by the High Renaissance Master, Raphael.

As their collective name suggests, to create this bold new style the Brotherhood paradoxically looked to the past ‘before Raphael’ for inspiration, drawing much from the Late Mediaeval and Early Renaissance paintings of Northern Europe and Italy. Paintings such as Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, which entered the collection of the National Gallery in 1842, were likely admired by the Brotherhood — its jewel-like colour palettes and intricate detail certainly draws parallels with their own style. It is based on this theory that the National Gallery is staging an important new exhibition, Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites. Opening in October 2017, it will bring together for the first time the Arnolfini Portrait with paintings from the Tate collections and other museums. This Study Day will support the exhibition, deciphering the rich symbolism of Pre-Raphaelite art and uncovering the influences that inspired this much-loved artistic movement.

Study Day Programme:


i. 'Reflections: Van Eyck and The Pre-Raphaelites': An introduction to the Exhibition
Clare Ford-Wille (Independent Art Historian)


ii. What was the Importance of the Northern Renaissance Artists for the Pre-Raphaelites?
Clare Ford-Wille (Independent Art Historian)


Lunch (Not Included)


iii. 'Most profitable for youthful emulation': Jan van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
Dr Justine Hopkins (Independent Art Historian)


iv. 'Als Ich Kann': Van Eyck and Rossetti’s disciples
Dr Justine Hopkins (Independent Art Historian)


Study Day Location:

Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square

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Each Study Day is is made up of a morning and an afternoon session. There will short refreshments breaks throughout the day between lectures. Study Notes and suggestions for further reading will be provided.

Art Pursuits Abroad Art History Study Days are generally held at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The nearest tube station is Russell Square. We know that the chairs, whilst beautifully designed, are not the most comfortable, so do bring a cushion for padding.

Numbers are normally limited to a maximum of 70 participants or less per Study Day to ensure a personal atmosphere conducive to interactive learning with pleasure. Bookings are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.

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Once booked, we will then send you confirmation of your Study Day place(s), a map of how to find us, and suggestions for preparatory reading should you wish to do any. Booking payments are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.

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