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09 October 2018GREAT TARTS in ART-High Culture and the Oldest Profession
12 March 2019THE ARTS SOCIETY WESSEX STUDY DAYS- Women Artists, Patrons and Collectors from the Renaissance to the Present Day. Five Days from 25 October 2018 to 12 March 2019

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GREAT TARTS in ART-High Culture and the Oldest Profession Linda Smith Tuesday 09 October 2018

Linda Smith is a highly experienced lecturer, and always a favourite at Dorset County. She holds two first class degrees in Art History and is also an experienced guide and lecturer at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and Dulwich Picture Gallery. In this intriguing Special Interest Day, Linda examines the portraits and careers of some of history's most notorious mistresses and courtesans in order to take a generally light-hearted look at changing attitudes to sexual morality down the ages. Linda also charts the rather complex and ambiguous attitudes of art and society towards the numerous anonymous working-girls. The Day will provide a social history, placing the works of art in their historical context, and reveal many nuances and meanings, which might not be apparent to the modern eye. It is full of scandalous stories and anecdotes.

The image is a detail from a painting by Thomas Gainsborough of Giovanna Bacelli, dated 1782. It is in Tate Britain.


The Day will be in three sessions and will start with some of Charles ll's best-known mistresses and continue through 18th and 19th century Britain, looking particularly at the works of Hogarth, Reynolds and Gainsborough. Session 2 starts by looking at attitudes in Britain to sex and the Fallen Woman and widens into France where works by Manet, Degas and Renoir feature. In Session 3 Linda concentrates on the 20th century when new artistic techniques were applied to this age-old subject by artists like Picasso, Vlaminck and Sickert and continues up to the present day.

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