Art History – August

Our next meeting is on 3rd September when we will watch a DVD about Dulwich Picture Gallery, the oldest public art gallery in Britain.  The film looks at work ‘behind the scenes’ including picture restoration and the staging of exhibitions.  Designed by Sir John Soane and opened to the public in 1817, the gallery is a series of interlinking rooms lit by natural light through overhead skylights.  This method of illumination has influenced gallery design ever since.

The gallery houses a collection of over 600 paintings, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and Canaletto. One of the paintings is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most frequently stolen artwork in the world. Rembrandt’s small early portrait of Jacob de Gheyn III has been stolen and recovered four times. The painting is now guarded by an upgraded security system!

The DVD will be followed by a discussion and information gathered by the group.

Angela Deane