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Treasures of the National Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern Valerie Woodgate Wednesday 15 November 2017

Wednesday 15th November at High Cross Church.
10:00am-1:00pm. Tickets £25. On sale at September Lecture.

Founded in 1924, the National Gallery houses one of the world’s finest collections of Western European paintings. The paintings are displayed chronologically, from the 13th to the early 20th century, enabling visitors to explore the history of Western painting from the medieval period right through to the beginnings of modern art. Valerie takes us first to the Sainsbury Wing, housing the earliest works in the Gallery, before looking at other significant works in the collection and major developments in art across the centuries. Even before it opened in 1897, the Tate was the subject of heated debate and controversy which continued through the decades which followed. Built on the site of the old Millbank Penitentiary, it has a fascinating history, involving floods, bombs, scandal and achievement. The original British art collection was soon expanded to include modern foreign art. Following the opening of Tate St. Ives, Tate Liverpool and, in 2000, Tate Modern, the Tate is now one of the most important art institutions in the world.