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Talks and Art History Courses

Masters of the Spanish Golden Age: Velázquez, Cano and Murillo

Thursday 26 November, 19.00-20.00
£5 (£4 concessions)

Among the treasures of the Wallace Collection is a modest but very fine collection of Spanish paintings including several icons of Spanish art such as Velázquez’s enigmatic portrait of a The Lady with the Fan and Murillo’s exquisite The Marriage of the Virgin, along with the only known Alonso Cano painting in the United Kingdom.

Join Director of the Wallace Collection and expert on Spanish art, Dr Xavier Bray, who will explore the context in which these works were made, whether Spanish ecclesiastical institution or royal palace, and their importance in the wider context of collecting in 19th-century Europe.

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The Childhood of Christ in Art

Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 December, 11.00-13.00 GMT
£35 (£32 concessions, £30 Members)

In the Christian church the beginning of December is celebrated as the start of Advent, the period leading up to Christmas, and focusses on the preparations for the birth of Jesus. What better time, then, to look at the ways in which the childhood of Christ is depicted in art at the Wallace Collection.

In this two-day online course with Dr Richard Stemp, you will discover how the biblical narrative in art was combined with ideas from diverse sources to create the image of Christmas, which is now so familiar to us. We will distinguish the different elements of the story, explore the ways in which each was interpreted, and discuss the wider implications for art and faith. You will also discover the intricacy and subtlety of some of the Wallace Collection’s smaller works of art, which are often harder to see during a visit – one of the many advantages that online learning brings.

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Creative and Practical Courses

Painted Feasts: An Introduction to Watercolour

Saturday 5 December, 11.00-16.30 GMT
£45 (£42 concessions, £40 Members)

Learn the fundamentals of watercolour painting on this online creative course. We'll take inspiration from the Wallace Collection's outstanding 17th-century Dutch still life paintings, portraying sumptuous banquets and other seasonal scenes of abundance. Throughout the course you’ll be introduced to different techniques for using watercolour effectively, including dry-brush, flat-wash and glazing, as well as methods for achieving the best water-to-paint ratios. 

This course is to help you develop specific skills in using watercolour paints, as well as gaining a broad understanding of how light, colour and symbolism are critical to still life painting.

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Develop your drawing practice through our series of online courses that explore the most common subject in European art: the human body. Focusing on the male nude, the female nude and combined figures, each session will help you improve your drawing ability through close study of our masterworks and guided exercises. Combining short, quick-fire responses with longer periods of drawing, you'll be introduced to a range of of strategies for capturing the human figure successfully. 

Courses can be booked individually or receive 10% off the combined price and book the whole series for £120.

Drawing the Figure: Venus and the Female Nude

Saturday 28 November 2020, 11.00-16.30 GMT
£45 (£42 concessions, £40 Members)

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Drawing the Figure: Apollo and and the Male Nude

Saturday 30 January 2021, 11.00-16.30 GMT
£45 (£42 concessions, £40 Members)

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Drawing the Figure: God's Entwined 

Saturday 27 March 2021, 11.00-16.30 GMT
£45 (£42 concessions, £40 Members)

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Conservation Talks

Energy Efficiency at the Wallace Collection: Preserving Collections for Future Generations

Join Jurgen Huber, Senior Furniture Conservator at the Wallace Collection, for a virtual lecture in conjunction with University College London's Institute for Sustainable Heritage.

Thursday 26 November 2020, 17:30–18:30 GMT

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Riesener Talk Series


Join us online for three evening talks dedicated to Jean-Henri Riesener, one of the greatest French cabinetmakers of all time and famed for the exquisite furniture he made for Marie-Antoinette and the royal court of Louis XVI.

This free series coincides with the publication of the first major monograph on Riesener, presenting new research based on the extensive collections of his furniture in the Wallace Collection, Waddesdon Manor and the Royal Collection.

Creating a market: dealers, auctioneers and the passion for Riesener furniture, 1800-1882

Trace the rise of Riesener’s celebrity and the dealers who made it happen.

Monday 30 November, 17.30-19.00 GMT

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Riesener Masterpieces: royal furniture in Britain

Consider the popularity and provenance of Riesener's furniture in Britain.

Monday 7 December, 17.30-19.00 GMT

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Mémoires for the Garde-Meuble: Riesener’s perspective on royal furniture

Explore Riesener’s design and workshop processes through the invoices for royal furniture.

Monday 14 December, 17.30-19.00 GMT

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Family Events

A Very Victorian Christmas: Wallace Collection Family Live Stream

Monday 28 December, 09.00-09.30 GMT

Suitable for ages 7+

Join the Wallace Collection Learning team and Artist Millie Nice for a family Christmas live stream.

Step back in time to late-Victorian London and the world of Sir Richard and Lady Julie Wallace. You'll learn about how they celebrated the season within the splendour of Hertford House and how the Victorians changed Christmas forever. 

Further details coming soon.

Conferences and Study Days

Conference: Rubens's Great Landscapes

Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 May 2021, 14.00 to 17.00 BST

Ticket charge

Next May, the Wallace Collection will host a major conference drawing together an international panel of eminent conservators and scholars.

The conference is the first in many years to focus exclusively on Rubens as a landscape painter and his two masterpieces of landscape, A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning and The Rainbow Landscape - reunited in the associated exhibition, Rubens: Reuniting the Great Landscapes - will be the primary focus of our discussion.

Full programme to follow. Ticket booking will open in early 2021. To receive notification of when tickets go on sale, please register your interest here.

This conference is generously supported by the Monument Trust.

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