Organised in partnership with the University of Kent.
The Learning Lab
£6 per talk or £15 for three
Members £4 per talk
To take advantage of the three talks for £15 and membership special price please call 01227 378100 or visit the Beaney to book your place.
Shot at Dawn: Military Executions in the First World War
Thursday 30 January, 6pm to 7pm
Along with alleged spies, hundreds of deserters were executed during the First World War. Julian Putkowski, historian, broadcaster and co-author of the standard reference work on military executions in the First World War, has spent years researching military discipline and dissent, and campaigned for the pardoning of soldiers who would today be considered to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Manet's modernism and 'The Execution of Maximilian'
Thursday 6 February, 6pm to 7pm
Edouard Manet is famous for his pioneering paintings of modern life. Arnika Schmidt, Vivmar Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery in London, gives an insight into the French master's life and art, as well as the genesis of 'The Execution of Maximilian'.
'Beheaded Majesties': Execution Scenes in the Paintings of Pail Delaroche
Thursday 13 February, 6pm to 7pm
The German poet Heinrich Heine called Delaroche 'the court painter of all beheaded majesties'. Works like 'Jane Grey' (1833) caused a sensation at the Paris Salon as they used English events to evoke the bloodshed of the French Revolution. Professor Stephen Bann CBE, FBA, Emeritus Professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol, will situate these scenes in the wider context of the development of history painting from Sir Joshua Reynolds to Manet's Maximilian paintings a century later.
'Doing Damage from a Distance': British Cartoonists and Political Assassination
Thursday 20 February, 6pm to 7pm
Unlike elsewhere in the world, British cartoonists rarely depicted actual executions. Dr Nicholas Hiley, Curator of the Britsh Cartoon Archive at the University of Kent, looks at cartoons of assassination and political killing and explores political cartooning as a form of assassination.
Becket, Blood and Brand Identity: Images and the Cult of Canterbury's Premier Saint
Thursday 27 February, 6pm to 7pm
Shortly after the martyrdom of Thomas Becket in 1170, images of his violent death had spread across Europe. Dr Alixe Bovey, Director of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies & Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Kent, examines the emergence of a standard iconography of martyrdom, and consider its role in promoting Canterbury as a pilgrimage destination.
'The Disasters of War': Reading Protocols and Re-appropriations
Thursday 6 March, 6pm to 7pm
Dr Antonio Lazaro-Reboll, Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent, looks at contemporary reactions to Francisco de Goya's 'Disasters of War', and at artistic traditions within and against which the artist was working, and the different patterns of reading and looking that the prints elicit. He will also provide an overview of re-appropriations in the 21st century from the Chapman Brothers to Susan Sontag.
Manet's 'The Execution of Maximilian' in context
Thursday 13 March, 6pm to 7pm
Dr Jon Kear, Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent, looks at the representation of martyrdom and history painting, and how Manet's 'indifference' to certain conventions of history painting created problems for understanding the picture.
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