In the history of British travel since the late sixteenth century, the Mediterranean has always played a prime role and inevitably captured the imagination like no other European region. Travel to the Mediterranean was stimulated by its art and architecture and in return inspired new art, architecture, collecting and art criticism. Images drawn, painted or photographed on these journeys by a diversity of travellers – artists, antiquarians, scientists, ethnographers, diplomats, navy personal, amateurs and tourists, to name just a few – have fulfilled a whole variety of purposes. This lecture series, organised by the National Maritime Museum’s Centre for Art and Travel and generously hosted by the Paul Mellon Centre, attempts a new overview on the subject from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century.
There are three lectures left in the series.
21 January 2010: ‘These inhuman trafficers in flesh & blood’ : British artists and the slave trade in Egypt
Briony Llewellyn, Independent Art Historian
4 February 2010: Revolving Mirrors: Britain and Spain from the Armada to the Spanish Civil War
David Howarth, University of Edinburgh
18 February 2010: ‘Hellas… in one living picture’: British artist travellers in Greece
Jenny Gaschke, National Maritime Museum
Location: Seminar room, Paul Mellon Centre, 16 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3JA.
Nearest tube stations include Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street or Russell Square.
Booking: Free of charge and no need to book, but if you wish to reserve a place, please ring Janet Norton, Research Administrator on 020 8312 6716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.