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A History of Flemish Art Three day course, Monday 14 October -  Wednesday 15 October, 11am - 1.30pm This three day course will examine the history of painting in the Southern Netherlands within its...

Three day course, Monday 14 October -  Wednesday 15 October, 11am - 1.30pm

This three day course will examine the history of painting in the Southern Netherlands within its political, religious, social and economic context. Artists under discussion will include van Eyck, Memling, Bruegel, Rubens and van Dyck. Taught by Siân Walters.

Between the early fifteenth and mid seventeenth centuries the cities of Bruges, Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp enjoyed great economic prosperity and artistic prestige, attracting an international mercantile clientele keen to commission works from leading artists such as Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling, whose technical and stylistic innovations would have a transformative impact on the development of European painting. In particular their concentration on naturalistic detail gave portraiture a hitherto unseen degree of accuracy and realism, greatly influencing practitioners of the genre in other countries, from Botticelli and Ghirlandaio to the young Leonardo da Vinci. 

By the early sixteenth century artistic influence had begun to move in the opposite direction, from south to north, and this is clear when we examine the classicising repertoire and Italian mannerism found in the works of Quinten Massys, Jan Gossaert and Pieter Pourbus. However the most popular painter of the 1500s is without doubt Pieter Bruegel the Elder, much-loved for his humorous scenes of everyday life and amusing depictions of merry-making, drinking and dancing. Indeed his earliest biographer Karel van Mander famously wrote in 1604 that “... there are very few works from his hand that the beholder can look at seriously, without laughing”.  Bruegel’s enduring appeal is reflected in the numerous copies of his work which were made during his own lifetime.

Despite Flanders’ economic decline and the rise of the Dutch Republic during the seventeenth century, the period saw the emergence of some of the greatest and most popular Flemish painters, notably Peter Paul Rubens. Spanning a wide variety of genres from lyrical landscapes and fleshy nudes to rich mythological canvases and powerful altarpieces, his paintings were coveted by some of the most distinguished and powerful patrons in Europe. Rubens had a flourishing and well-organised studio from which emerged some of the finest painters of the next generation, such as  Jacob Jordaens and Anthony van Dyck. It was however in England not Flanders that van Dyck reached the peak of his achievement, where under the service of Charles I he transformed British portraiture imbuing it with a realism and hitherto unknown brilliance of execution.

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"We must leave the killing out" The inaugural Frederick Ashton lecture, presented by the Frederick Ashton Foundation in association with the Wallace Collection, will both honour the memory of Sir Frederick Ashton...

The inaugural Frederick Ashton lecture, presented by the Frederick Ashton Foundation in association with the Wallace Collection, will both honour the memory of Sir Frederick Ashton and also advance public understanding and debate about the arts.  Ashton’s understanding of the human condition, his knowledge of historic style and the influences of artists with whom he collaborated, fed his genius. He was inspired when creating his ballets not just by music and movement but by a range of interests, including the visual arts, architecture, design, literature and poetry, and thus the subject matter of each lecture will be selected from the arts in their widest sense. 

We are delighted that Sir Nicholas Hytner, former Director of the Royal National Theatre and joint founder of the Bridge Theatre, will give the first lecture. Titled “We must leave the killing out” he will focus on keeping the classics of the stage alive.

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Life Drawing Join artist Marie-Thérèse Ross for a day of drawing from works within the collection and directly from the nude figure. Using a variety of traditional materials,...

Join artist Marie-Thérèse Ross for a day of drawing from works within the collection and directly from the nude figure. Using a variety of traditional materials, participants will be encouraged to consider proportion, measuring techniques and the use of tone and light to create dramatic drawings.

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The Bare Essentials - The Human Body from Innocence to Experience Monday 15 July - Wednesday 17 July, 11am-1.30pm The naturalistic and unobscured depiction of the human body has been one of the ways in which artists have sought to display...

Monday 15 July - Wednesday 17 July, 11am-1.30pm

The naturalistic and unobscured depiction of the human body has been one of the ways in which artists have sought to display their skill ever since the Renaissance, and the ways in which they have chosen to do so have evolved in parallel with both changing artistic styles and moral and political thought. By looking at the ways in which the naked body is depicted over the course of European history, we can get closer to the societies in which they were depicted, and come to understand the people in an apparently more intimate way. The modes of depiction of the naked form vary strongly from innocence to experience, and from holy purity to wholly abandoned, and often it can be difficult to tell which is which. Over 3 mornings this course will look at the art chronologically and will consider different categories of nude – both sacred and profane – across history. Taught by Richard Stemp.

 

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Look OUT at the Wallace Artist Sadie Lee curates our 6th annual LGBTQI+ event celebrating Pride in London and marking the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Join us for an evening of...

Artist Sadie Lee curates our 6th annual LGBTQI+ event celebrating Pride in London and marking the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Join us for an evening of exciting live performances, music and art.

Tonight’s programme includes a special 'Tiny Tour' from Tom Marshman, soundscapes by Randolph Matthews; DJ sets from Joe Pop and Unskinny Bop; a talk marking Stonewall 50 by Rikki Beadle Blair and workshops by Darren Evans, Heeled Ambitions, and Billy Black. Finally, David McAlmont and Janette Mason will be performing a specially arranged selection of songs by Dusty Springfield and Shirley Bassey in the magnificent surroundings of the Wallace Collection's Great Gallery. You won't want to miss it!

6.30pm - 9.30pm with the Wallace Bar and Restaurant remaining open until 11pm.

Please note:
1. Tickets to this event are free and cannot be resold or offered for resale or used for commercial purposes including, but not limited to, private tours of the Museum, competitions or promotions.
2. Any Tickets brought from unauthorised agents or third parties are not valid and admission to the event on the strength of such tickets will not be permitted.
3. A maximum of four tickets can be reserved per person. We reserve the right to cancel any tickets reserved in excess of this number.

Photograph courtesy of the National Trust.

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Painting Portraits Two-day workshop for children aged 9 - 12 years. Learn how to paint a portrait using acrylic paints on this two-day workshop with artist Alison Kusner. Explore some of the...

Two-day workshop for children aged 9 - 12 years.

Learn how to paint a portrait using acrylic paints on this two-day workshop with artist Alison Kusner. Explore some of the different portraits found throughout the Wallace Collection before learning how to work with acrylics, including working with both a brush and palette knife, building up layers to create your final picture.

Parents/carers may leave their children but must provide them with a packed lunch.

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Botanical Painting: Summer Flowers Join botanical artist Mariella Baldwin to explore the paintings in the Wallace Collection and create your own summery studies. Take inspiration from rich Dutch still life painting...

Join botanical artist Mariella Baldwin to explore the paintings in the Wallace Collection and create your own summery studies. Take inspiration from rich Dutch still life painting in the galleries, practice and develop drawing and painting techniques, and use your skills in the studio to work directly from fresh summer flowers.

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A History of Art in Eight Subjects Tuesday 9 – Friday 12 July, 11am – 2.30pm This course will aim to look at the different and recurring subjects and themes that have been depicted in paintings across...

Tuesday 9 – Friday 12 July, 11am – 2.30pm

This course will aim to look at the different and recurring subjects and themes that have been depicted in paintings across the history of Western European art. Each session a different subject will be explored following the long established hierarchy of themes in art as dictated by the art academies of the early seventeenth century. Beginning with the most highly prized subject matter of narrative and history paintings through portraiture and genre painting to what were considered the more lowly subjects of landscape and still life.

Taught by Aliki Braine.

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Fashion or Fantasy? Manolo Blahník and the Art of the Shoe From sexy sling-back, to slip-on and stiletto, Manolo Blahník is the consummate master of shoes designed to flatter female feet. His exquisite creations are objects of...

From sexy sling-back, to slip-on and stiletto, Manolo Blahník is the consummate master of shoes designed to flatter female feet. His exquisite creations are objects of desire (for both observer and wearer), and his name a byword of quality and innovation. Through richly-illustrated power-point lectures, followed by discussion in the gallery, this study day will explore the artworks and objects that fired Blahník’s imagination. From Boucher’s ‘Madame de Pompadour’ to Fragonard’s lady on a swing, the seductive power of a well-turned foot (and a well-designed shoe) is much in evidence in the Wallace Collection. Seeing these original artworks alongside Manolo Blahník’s original creations is an opportunity not to be missed. Old meets new, and the real meets the ideal with these fantastic fashions.

Art Historian Jacqui Ansell is Senior Lecturer at Christie’s Education, who specialises in decoding dress in paintings.

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King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV Throughout this life Louis XIV became the epitome and exemplar of monarchy, the king all his contemporaries and successors imitated, envied, or fought against. To what extent did...

Throughout this life Louis XIV became the epitome and exemplar of monarchy, the king all his contemporaries and successors imitated, envied, or fought against. To what extent did Louis have absolute power, or was decision-making in the hands of ministers and mistresses? How much of the extravagance of Versailles was for show, and how far was Louis himself the show? How could such a civilized man commit so many acts of barbarism? How effective was he as a ruler and a general? Did he leave his country stronger or weaker than it was before? In this lecture leading historian Philip Mansel will offer compelling answers to all of these questions. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception where Philip will sign copies of his rencently published book King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV.

 

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Schubert's Trout Part of City Music Foundation’s 2019 Summer Residency at The Wallace Collection City Music Foundation (CMF) presents an evening of chamber music and song centred around...

Part of City Music Foundation’s 2019 Summer Residency at The Wallace Collection

City Music Foundation (CMF) presents an evening of chamber music and song centred around the bubbling ‘Trout Quintet’. Joining to perform Schubert’s ever-popular quintet, the Eblana String Trio (2017 CMF Artist) and double bassist Toby Hughes (2018 CMF Artist) collaborate with guest performer, the celebrated pianist Sholto Kynoch. The first half of the concert sees Kynoch join with mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston (2018 CMF Artist) to present a selection of fish-inspired songs, including Schubert’s Die Forelle [The Trout]. Adding carp, crayfish, and mermaids to this lyrical aquarium, Charlston’s programme also includes songs by Poulenc, Mahler, and Britten.

 

Sholto Kynoch, piano

Helen Charlston, mezzo-soprano

Jonathan Martindale, violin*

Lucy Nolan, viola*

Peggy Nolan, cello*

Toby Hughes, double bass

 

* members of Eblana String Trio

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These boots are made for art! Two-day workshop for children aged 9 – 12 years Over two days work with artist Alex Hirtzel to create a sculpture of fantastic footwear inspired by An Enquiring Mind:...

Two-day workshop for children aged 9 – 12 years

Over two days work with artist Alex Hirtzel to create a sculpture of fantastic footwear inspired by An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahník at the Wallace Collection. Letting your imagination run wild, Alex will show you how to use wire, fabric, coloured papers, ribbons and beads to build-up and create your extravagant masterpiece!

Parents/guardians are not required to stay with their children but must provide them with a packed lunch.

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In the Buff: Life Drawing For young people aged 16-19 years An intensive one day course particularly relevant for students studying art. Work with professional artist Alison Kusner to explore the history...

For young people aged 16-19 years

An intensive one day course particularly relevant for students studying art. Work with professional artist Alison Kusner to explore the history of the male nude in art before drawing directly from a live (nude) model
in the afternoon.

 

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Fashion Illustration (13 - 15 Years) Join Stuart McKenzie author of Creative Fashion Illustration for this one day session where we’ll be taking inspiration from An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahník at the...

Join Stuart McKenzie author of Creative Fashion Illustration for this one day session where we’ll be taking inspiration from An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahník at the Wallace Collection. Learn fashion illustration
techniques using a wide variety of media. Great for all types of portfolio work and all levels welcome.

Rowena Clarke, Global Marketing & Events Manager, and Sarah Coffey, Junior PR Manager, Manolo Blahník, will join us to talk about their careers in the fashion world.

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Fashion Illustration (16-19 years) Join Stuart McKenzie author of Creative Fashion Illustration for this one day session where we’ll be taking inspiration from An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahník at the...

Join Stuart McKenzie author of Creative Fashion Illustration for this one day session where we’ll be taking inspiration from An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahník at the Wallace Collection. Learn fashion illustration techniques using a wide variety of media. Great for all types of portfolio work and all levels welcome.

Rowena Clarke, Global Marketing & Events Manager, and Sarah Coffey, Junior PR Manager, Manolo Blahník, will join us to talk about their careers in the fashion world.

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Landscape Painting Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August, 10.30am-4.30pm Over this two day course, explore and draw from some of the spectacular landscapes and seascapes in the Wallace Collection by...

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August, 10.30am-4.30pm

Over this two day course, explore and draw from some of the spectacular landscapes and seascapes in the Wallace Collection by Ruisdael, Canaletto, Boucher and Rubens. Get creative in the studio with acrylic paints and collage to create a series of vibrant studies based on your sketches. With artist and lecturer Alison Kusner.

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Manolo Blahník Talk Series: The Classical Influence in Art & Design For the second of our series of talks celebrating the partnership between Manolo Blahník and the Wallace Collection we are delighted to host the eminent scholar and...

For the second of our series of talks celebrating the partnership between Manolo Blahník and the Wallace Collection we are delighted to host the eminent scholar and classicist Mary Beard and Manolo Blahník for a discussion with the Director of the Wallace Collection, Dr Xavier Bray. The evening will be moderated by Senior Curator Dr Helen Jacobsen and will take place in the Wallace Collection’s magnificent Great Gallery.

The artistic legacy of the Greek and Roman civilisations is at the core of Western art and design. Artists, craftsmen, architects and fashion designers have used Antique sources for centuries and still continue to do so, bringing their own interpretation to the classical language.  In the opulent Great Gallery of the Wallace Collection, we will explore the Classical World and its influence as seen from three vantage points: that of the classical scholar, the designer and the art historian.

Your ticket includes an exclusive after hours view of the exhibition An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahník at the Wallace Collection and a glass of wine. The exhibition and drinks will be available from 5.30pm to 7pm only. The panel discussion will begin at 7pm sharp in the Great Gallery.

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Manolo Blahník Talk Series: Fashion or Art? The juxtaposition of the Wallace Collection’s superlative collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and porcelain with the luxurious fashions of Manolo Blahník...

The juxtaposition of the Wallace Collection’s superlative collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and porcelain with the luxurious fashions of Manolo Blahník fits into a long-standing history of inspiration, emulation, and collaboration between artists and fashion designers.

Yuriko Jackall, curator of French paintings at the Wallace Collection will lead a panel of diverse practitioners and thinkers from both worlds: illustrator Julie Verhoeven, fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner and writer and curator Lou Stoppard. Their discussion will explore how such interactions have radically redefined the boundaries between art and fashion and given rise to entirely new ways of understanding and appreciating visual culture.

The speakers will delve into the relationship and complexities between Fashion and Art, to consider whether traditional distinctions can be erased to establish a new way of thinking – when does Art become Fashion? And can Fashion ever be art?

Your ticket includes an exclusive after hours view of the exhibition An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahník at the Wallace Collection and a glass of wine. The exhibition and drinks will be available from 5.30pm to 7pm only. The panel discussion will begin at 7pm sharp. 

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Manolo Blahník Talk Series: Fashion and Power The Wallace Collection is a museum of fashion as well as art. The metal clothing displayed in the galleries of arms and armour reveals more than we might expect about the present...

The Wallace Collection is a museum of fashion as well as art. The metal clothing displayed in the galleries of arms and armour reveals more than we might expect about the present as well as the past. Fashion embodies the spirit of an age, and haute couture armour represents an awe-inspiring statement of power and strength, which still resonates. Where might we find the design themes of armour in our world? What does this tell us about contemporary taste? How do we all wear armour now, and why? For this panel discussion Curator of Arms and Armour, Tobias Capwell will be joined by fashion historian Amber Butchart and fashion photographer Ram Shergill

Your ticket includes an exclusive after hours view of the exhibition An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahník at the Wallace Collection and a glass of wine. The exhibition and drinks will be available from 5.30pm to 7pm only. The panel discussion will begin at 7pm sharp. 

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Manolo Blahník Talk Series: The Collector The Wallace Collection is now one of London’s great national museums but originally it was a private collection. The fifth talk in the Manolo Blahník series, will...

The Wallace Collection is now one of London’s great national museums but originally it was a private collection. The fifth talk in the Manolo Blahník series, will explore the different approaches to collecting and the motivations that lie behind it, investigating what drives an individual to collect and the significance of both public and private collections – and how we bring them to life.

Sir Richard Wallace, one of the great cultural luminaries of his time, was among the most important collectors of the nineteenth century. A man at the heart of the international art market, the diverse and idiosyncratic works of art he acquired reflect a real passion for collecting and provide an insight into his eclectic tastes. Whether a personal passion or commercial enterprise, we will explore the resonance and value of collections and the treasures within them.

 

Our speakers include leading milliner, Stephen Jones OBE; fashion journalist and critic, Alexander Fury; Frieze Director, Victoria Siddall; gallerist, curator and founder of Soft Opening, Antonia Marsh and will be moderated by Ada de Wit from the Wallace Collection. Consisting of practitioners across the worlds of fashion and art, who either work with collectors on a regular basis or collect themselves, the panel will discuss their experience, observations, motives and collecting obsessions.

Your ticket includes an exclusive after hours view of the exhibition An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahník at the Wallace Collection and a glass of wine. The exhibition and drinks will be available from 5.30pm to 7pm only. The panel discussion will begin at 7pm sharp. 

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Manolo Blahník Talk Series: The Interior World For this last talk in the series linked to the exhibition, An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahník at the Wallace Collection, Dr Helen Jacobsen will be joined by Manolo Blahnik...

For this last talk in the series linked to the exhibition, An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahník at the Wallace Collection, Dr Helen Jacobsen will be joined by Manolo Blahnik CEO, architect and designer, Kristina Blahník, who brings her unique insight on architecture and interiors from store design to exhibitions; Brand Content Director of Wallpaper* Magazine, Tony Chambers; interior designer Sophie Ashby; and editor of Luncheon Magazine, Frances von Hofmannsthal. Looking at interiors from the 19th century to present day, we will explore how we curate spaces, and how the spaces we experience influence and inspire creative practice.

The Wallace Collection’s unique and sumptuous interiors form a rich backdrop to its collection of masterpieces and to the shoes temporarily on display from Manolo Blahník’s archives. Unlike many contemporary gallery spaces and museums, with neutral or whitewashed walls, the Wallace Collection evokes the colours and textures of another age and helps bring context to the old master paintings, furniture and porcelain it contains. This raises questions of how we respond to interiors and the emotions that they create. We discuss the way in which designers seek to create spaces that best answer the demands of artworks and fashion pieces, both contemporary and historic.

 

Your ticket includes an exclusive after hours view of the exhibition An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahník at the Wallace Collection and a glass of wine. The exhibition and drinks will be available from 5.30pm to 7pm only. The panel discussion will begin at 7pm sharp. 

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