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Courses, Conferences & Study Days

The Knight in Art: From the Present Day to the Middle Ages and Back Again

Tuesday 29th January, 2013

2:00pm - 4:30pm

Price: £280.00

Ages: Adult

Lecturer: Tobias Capwell 

Tuesdays 15 January - 26 March (excluding 19 February), 2pm - 4.30pm

 This ten-week course taught by Curator of Arms and Armour Tobias Capwell will examine the visual, literary, and material culture of the Medieval and Renaissance knight in Europe. The knight was at once a socio-political figure, a heroic symbol, an economic problem, a demonstration of high technology, a professional sportsman, and a deadly warrior. Exploring ten centuries of the knight as a cultural icon, this course will examine his portrayal by poets, historians and, perhaps most importantly, by artists. Students will study sources as diverse as illuminated manuscripts, funerary effigies, martial arts manuals, and even everyday objects such as candlesticks, mirror-cases and water jugs.

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