The Great Gallery houses some of the grandest and most important works of in the Wallace collection, the vast majority of which were created in the seventeenth century, the period associated with ‘the Baroque’. But what exactly does that mean? Does it fit all of the artistic output of the century? Over the four mornings of the course we will take the opportunity to examine the Baroque and the Great Gallery together. Each day will explore a specific theme in the lecture theatre, and, after coffee, visit the Collection to see at first hand how these ideas can help us to understand the exhibits. We will focus on one or two of the works in the Great Gallery, heading elsewhere within the museum as the discussion leads us.
Wednesday 21 February
2. French Baroque Artists?
Two of the most successful Baroque artists in Rome were both French, and their paintings might not obviously be ‘Baroque’. We will look at the careers of both Claude and Poussin, and compare them to their compatriots who stayed at home: what was it about France that encouraged Baroque art?
After the break we will look at paintings by Claude and Poussin first hand, and works by Champaigne and Le Moine.