Valour: Arms & Armour in Old Master Portraits
Tuesday 8 December, 16.30 (GMT)
Charles Mackay from The Weiss Gallery in conversation with Dr Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection.
The Weiss Gallery is exhibiting portraits of historical figures involved in brave acts and great military feats juxtaposed with period weapons and armour, kindly lent by Peter Finer - one of the world's greatest commercial specialists in the field.
In December, The Wallace Collection is presenting a new, monthly 'Meet the Expert' programme of special talks and other online content, with the first instalment taking the theme of 'Armour as Renaissance Art', led by Curator Toby Capwell, who will be sharing with us some of the highlights from the Wallace Collection while also placing the LAW exhibition in a wider historical context.
Charlie will discuss several of the sitters depicted in the portraits, a conversation with the arms and armour guest experts will follow. Together they will analyse the sitter's choice of setting, dress and accoutrements, in the quest for greater insight into the use of arms and armour in portraiture, and the complex meanings that such images could have expressed.
Tobias Capwell BA MA MA Ph.D FSA, author, lecturer, broadcaster, and Curator of Arms and Armour, The Wallace Collection
Tobias Capwell has written many books and articles on weapons, armour, tournaments and knighthood, including Armour of the English Knight (2015-); Arms and Armour of the Medieval Joust (2018), and Masterpieces of European Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection (2011). His exhibitions include The Noble Art of the Sword: Fashion and Fencing in Renaissance Europe 1520-1630 (2012) and Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads (2019). In 2015 he had the honour of serving as one of the two fully armoured horsemen who escorted the remains of King Richard III from the battlefield at Bosworth to their final resting place in Leicester Cathedral.
Charles Mackay, Gallery Manager, The Weiss Gallery
Charlie Mackay is the Gallery Manager at The Weiss Gallery, a leading Old Master paintings gallery in London. He gained an MA (Hons) in History of Art at the University of Aberdeen and worked as a gallery attendant at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery during the summer recesses. He moved to London after interning at Bonhams and Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh and has worked at the gallery since 2014. He has recently contributed to several publications, including the Burlington Magazine and the catalogue for the Thyssen-Bornemisza's Rembrandt and Amsterdam portraiture, 1590-1670 exhibition. He tries to collect Scottish art - across all mediums and periods - when his budget allows!