A History of the National Gallery in Ten Paintings – Jonathon Conlin
Founded in 1824, the National gallery houses one of the world’s finest collections of European paintings, including Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Marriage, Botticelli’s Venus and Mars, Constable’s Cornfield and van Gogh’s Sunflowers. Uniquely, the Gallery was founded by parliament and remains reliant on public funding. This lecture uses highlights from the collection to show how our vision of the “ideal” art collection has evolved over time.
Lectures take place on the second Tuesday of each month from October until June. They are free for members and £10 for visitors and guests. If a meeting is unable to take place for any reason, we will use Zoom.
Our venue is The Kindle Centre, Belmont Road, Hereford, HR2 ZJE (next to Asda). It Offers an excellent meeting space with plenty of room, a large screen, raked seating, a hearing loop and 3hrs free parking.
Tea and coffee are served before each lecture from 1:30pm for £1.25 per person. There is also the chance to win quality arts book, often signed by the speaker, or an alternative prize. We are seated by 2:15pm for society notices, and lectures start promptly at 2:30pm. They run for an hour, after which there is an opportunity to ask questions and speak to the lecturer. Meetings normally finish by 3:45pm.
Membership £ 50 yearly. Visitors £10 per talk.
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