The Arts Society Betchworth

Sadly, while the pandemic continues, the Society is unable to offer their usual monthly lectures in Betchworth Village Hall. However, our specially commissioned, on-line lectures by Zoom are proving extremely popular.

MONDAY 17th May at 2.30 pm.

Caravaggio: The Master of Light and Shadow by Shirley Smith

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was a man out of step with his time. Scorning the traditional idealised interpretation of religious subjects, he took his models from the streets, painting them realistically and heightening the emotional intensity by his dramatic contrasts of light and shade. Such a revolutionary style was condemned by many as was his equally dramatic personal life and uncontrollable temper which involved him in endless brawls and even murder. This lecture will study the life and works of this enigmatic man and of his influence on later artists. Our lecturer, –Shirley Smith, graduated from the University of East Anglia with a first class honours degree in the History of Art, specialising in the Italian and Northern Renaissance. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a part-time lecturer for the University of East Anglia and for the Department of Continuing Education of the University of Cambridge

Please email Pat Frankland or call Pat on 01737 842028. 

WEDNESDAY 12th May at 5pm.

A Walk in Lisbon with our tour guide Inês Valencia, a native of the City

Enjoy views, narrow cobbled streets, the ‘queen’ of Fado and the Tagus River, as we walk with Inês through the Alfama District of Lisbon.

To come to this virtual walk please email John Bloomfield   The cost is £5

If you are not a member and would like to enjoy this absorbing, illustrated lecture you are invited to come as a visitor for £5.

All you need is a PC, laptop or tablet, a comfy chair and your favourite tipple. If you are not a member do come as a visitor. Zooming is not complicated and we provide easy to follow instructions.

For more information please visit our website.

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