Drawn from the past, preserved for the future: art and film history lectures announced

Posted by pt91 at Oct 15, 2012 09:27 PM |
Free public lectures in October and November dedicated to art in all its forms

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 12 October 2012

Tuesday 16, 23 & 30 October and 6 November

5.30 pm in Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3, University of Leicester

Free and open to the public

The University of Leicester’s Department of History of Art and Film has announced its Open Series of Lectures for 2012. The lectures, which will appeal to fans of film, architecture and art of the medieval and renaissance periods, will be given by four eminent experts in their fields.

The lectures are free and open to everyone and take place at 5.30 pm in Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3, University of Leicester.

On Tuesday 16 October, Dr Phillip Lindley of the University of Leicester will discuss ‘John Carter and England’s Medieval Past: the Origins of Heritage Conservation’

On Tuesday 23 October, Dr Ian Roberts from the University’s School of Modern Languages will talk on ‘Tales of the Past, Visions of the Future: the Filmmaking of Fritz Lang'.

On Tuesday 30 October, the University of York’s Professor Helen Hills will speak about ‘The Matter of Miracles: Baroque Architecture, Relics and the Treasury Chapel of San Gennaro, Naples’.

On Tuesday 6 November, Professor Brendan Cassidy of the University of St Andrews will discuss ‘Revering Raphael: from the Tudors to the Victorians’.

The first lecture on Tuesday 16 October will explore the work of John Carter (d. 1817), an obsessive eccentric, but also a great artist and writer, who changed attitudes to the National Heritage through his meticulous drawings and prints and his furiously intemperate journalism.  His vitriolic attacks on those who destroyed medieval architecture in the belief that it could be modernised and improved made him many powerful enemies.  But Carter's unbending obstinacy also helped preserve great works of architecture.  He should be celebrated as the father of Heritage Conservation in this country.

Organiser Dr Phillip Lindley of the Department of History of Art & Film said: “I am delighted that the department is hosting this series of lectures.  They range very widely, from Baroque architecture to conservation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, from the influence of Raphael in England, to Fritz Lang's films.  There should be something for everyone in this series, which is focused on attitudes to the art of the past.”

For more information, please contact Gemma Mayo at gaj3@le.ac.uk or 0116 2522866.

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