Study Day

Cobham Road, Stoke d'Abernon, KT11  3QQ


From 9.30am until 4pm

At The Menuhin Hall

Cobham Road, Stoke d'Abernon, KT11 3QQ

Organiser: Surrey Network

Speaker: Val Woodgate

The language of symbols is a fascinating study, and one that is essential for a full understanding of art, whether mediaeval or modern. During this Study Day we shall look at works of art from the 14th to the 20th centuries to examine the way in which artists have used signs and symbols to give deeper layers of meaning to their work.


9.30 Registration

10.00 Interpretation of symbols in Christian art and in Greek myths which can be read as Christian allegories (e.g. the flaying of Marsyas)

10.30 Coffee / tea

11.00 The use of signs and symbols in 17th century Dutch painting, Hogarth’s Moralities and Victorian art (including the Pre-Raphaelites)

12.30 Lunch - Bring your own - tea/coffee available

1.30 Questions and discussion

2.30 Tea / coffee

3.00 Modern artists’ use of both traditional and personal symbols to produce some of the most
powerful works of 20th century art

4.00 Departure

Bibliography Hall’s Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art - John Murray

Speaker – Val Woodgate. Lecturer and guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern & other London Galleries and for the National Trust etc. Lecturer for the Tate on P&O cruises. Script-writer for the Living Painting Trust (art for the blind & partially-sighted). Lecturer to NADFAS throughout Britain, and related organisations in Europe, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa.

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