Sat, 27 Oct.
I introduce you to dream imagery ranging from mediaeval altar pieces (the dream of St Francis) to the oneiric inventions of the Surrealists in the 1930s and 40s. Looking at how dreams were evoked in paint can tell us something about the changing concept of painting itself. The surprising insight is that painting can be both a medium for capturing concrete reality while at the same time conjuring up the transcendental and the irrational.
Presented by Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
Giotto, St Francis and the Dream of Innocent III, Louvre
(Wikimedia, Creative Commons license)
|Dalí, The Dream, 1937, private collection|
When: Sat, 27 Oct. 2012, 1.15 pm, repeated at 3.15 pm
Entrance by token; grab a token 1/2 an hour before.
Update!! You can now view a shortened version of this lecture here.
Dreams and nightmares
For the first time this year, the Festival has a theme: Dreams and Nightmares. To see all of the other exciting events on this week and next, click on the Festival logo below:
This logo, by the way, was designed by George Shapter, a 21-year-old art history graduate who taught himself graphic design. He says, "I studied Surrealism as part of my History of Art degree and I found the Surrealists' interest in the subconscious dream world fascinating."
See more of George's art at his tumblr blog. It's surprisingly delicate and reminds me of Chinese landscapes, painted in ink.
|Source: George Shapter's tumblr.|