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Conference: Future of the Humanities – The Relevance of Art History
18th March: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
This is the second conference of the Future of the Humanities Project currently being developed by Georgetown University, Washington, DC, in collaboration with the Las Casas Institute at Blackfriars, Oxford.
Under the leadership of Prof. Michael Scott, the project explores the place of the humanities in developing a proper understanding of human life, dignity, and culture. Project seminars, lectures, and conferences draw on the Catholic intellectual tradition in dialogue with other religious, philosophical, and cultural traditions.
The Relevance of Art History – Roundtable discussion
Speakers include: Prof Martin Kemp, Daphne Todd, Estelle Thompson, Kathleen Soriano, Stephen Farthing and others.
Stephen Farthing RA is a distinguished artist and fellow of the Royal Academy of Art, where he has exhibited his work. He has served as the Ruskin Master at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and is a fellow at St. Edmund’s Hall, Oxford University. Among his well-known books are 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die (2006).
Prof Martin Kemp, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at Oxford University, is one of the world’s leading experts on Leonardo da Vinci. He is the author of many books on art history and the relationship of science and art, including The Science of Art: Optical Themes in Western Art from Brunelleschi to Seurat (1990) and, most recently, Living with Leonardo (2018).
Kathleen Soriano is a distinguished independent art curator who previously served as director of exhibitions at the Royal Academy. She has also worked at the National Portrait Gallery and directed the Liverpool Biennial, the largest contemporary art festival in the UK. She is currently curating an exhibition of works by Harald Sohlberg at The Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Estelle Thompson is a leading abstract artist known worldwide for her “Fuse Paintings.” Her work is displayed prominently in public galleries and other institutions, including hospitals and universities. She has taught at De Montfort University and Wrexham Glyndwr University and currently teaches at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.
Daphne Todd, a renowned portrait artist, was the first woman to serve as president of the Royal Society of Portrait Artists. HRH the Prince of Wales, Lord Sainsbury, and Spike Milligan are among her subjects and a number of her paintings are exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, London. She is also well known as a judge on the BBC’s “The Big Painting Challenge.”
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Venue: Dulwich Picture Gallery - 17 Gallery Road London, SE21 7AD United Kingdom
Las Casas Institute