The third installment of 'Art History in Focus' is back from 15 - 22 October 2021. Explore our interim series of online talks, themed editorials and live exhibition tours over the course of a week.

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Online Talk
17.00 - 18.00 (BST)
Monday 18 October 2021

Charleston: The Bloomsbury Muse

Lawrence Hendra (Director & Head of Research at Philip Mould & Company), Darren Clarke (Head of Collections, Research and Exhibitions at The Charleston Trust) and Janet Hardie (Senior Specialist at the Modern British and Irish Art Department at Bonhams), discuss the new exhibitions at Philip Mould & Company and Charleston House. The online talk will expand on the central role that Charleston played in the development of both Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant's artistry.

Discover with our experts the bohemian delight of a place that turned from a wartime refuge to the country retreat of the eccentric artists at the heart of the Bloomsbury Group.





Online Talk
17.30 - 18.30 (BST)
Tuesday 19 October 2021

The Black presence in portraiture

A panel discussion with Alayo Akinkugbe (founder, @ABlackHistoryOfArt), Michael Ohajuru (cultural historian), Arthur Timothy (artist), and Will Elliott (Elliott Fine Art), moderated by Samuel Reilly (Apollo), exploring how recent scholarship has highlighted depictions of Africans and people from the African diaspora in historical portraits - and how contemporary painters have been reimagining the genre for the present.

In celebration of Black History Month, this insightful talk intends to offer a fresh, thoughtful perspective on Black identity and African representation in art.






Exhibition Walkthrough + InstaLive
17.00 - 18.00 (BST)
Wednesday 20 October 2021

Late Sickert: Camaïeu, Cameras, Canvas

During the First World War, Sickert had a change of heart. For thirty years he had consistently painted on a dark underlayer of paint, building up to the highlights and experimenting with a variety of approaches within the confines of this approach.

Exploring the exhibition SICKERT: The Theatre of Life currently on display at Piano Nobile, until 17 December 2021, the in-gallery tour will be led by Piano Nobile's researcher, Luke Farey, and live-streamed on Instagram.






Online Talk
17.00 - 18.00 (BST)
Thursday 21 October 2021

Precious stones: in conversation with Fabio Barry and Judith W. Mann

This conversation will explore the significance and uses of coloured stones in the history of art and architecture, taking as its starting point two seminal publications: Fabio Barry's Painting in Stone (Yale University Press, 2019) and the catalogue for the Saint Louis Art Museum's forthcoming exhibition Paintings on Stone (Hirmer Publishers, 2021), curated by Judith Mann. We will hear of how precious stones developed as an artistic medium, first in architecture and mosaics and later as the supports for paintings from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century, followed by a Q&A session with the audience at the end.

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