Art History – August 2020

The group are adapting to the ‘new normal’ of sharing ideas by email and phone.  Many museums and galleries are gradually reopening and continue to share content online.  The Royal Academy Young Artists Summer Show is available at roy.ac/yass2020.  Celebrating a new generation of art talent ranging from drawing, painting and photography, to video and sculpture, it is well worth a look.  The postponement of the RA’s Summer Exhibition is unprecedented in its 252- year history but the welcome news is that the show has been rescheduled for 6 October 2020 to 3 January 2021.

On 3 July, I was able to join 400 other members for the first National Online event organised by the Third Age Trust and the National Gallery.  We explored and compared the ‘Samson and Delilah’ paintings by Rubens and van Dyck.  It was a really good session and I hope the Trust will be able to arrange some more.

I followed up a suggestion on the U3A national website for a free online course with FutureLearn.  I have just completed the Modern Sculpture: Introduction to Art History course from University of York.  This has been a great learning experience and I have enjoyed expressing opinions on the various articles and reading the comments of others on the course.  I hope to be able to share some of my new knowledge with the Art History group, particularly when we look at the work of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

My enthusiasm for sculpture was such that, on a recent visit to Malvern, I took this photo of the Malvern Buzzards, created by Walenty Pytel for Queen Elizabeth 2nd Diamond Jubilee .

Angela Deane