A striking neoclassical villa on the edge of Hampstead Heath, a former stately home, is now proudly a part of
We chose this remarkable survival of an 18th-century gentleman’s estate as a highlight of our summer program for various reasons of its significance. It's served as a seat for the aristocratic Murray and Guinness families and had various tenants. Welcome to our tour on Saturday, the 18th of August at 13:00-15:30 with Sanela Tomlinson, followed by networking in the garden cafe — learn more and book.
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1. Robert Adam’s Masterpiece had a WOW-effect on noble guests.
The library or Great Room at Kenwood was built between 1767 and 1770 by Robert Adam and his craftsmen. It is one of the most famous of Adam's neoclassical interiors and represents the grand climax of the guest route through the house. Adam proudly illustrated it in 1774 in The Works in Architecture of Robert and James Adam and explained how 'the great room, with its anti-room was begun by Lord Mansfield's orders in the year 1767 and was intended both for a library and a room for receiving company.' The unusual shape of the room — a double cube with semicircular apses and a coved ceiling — was inspired by Adam's interest in antiquity and by his travels in Italy the ceiling in particular ' n the form and style of those of the ancients, and his studies during the Grand Tour to Croatia and Italy.
The ceiling is decorated with a series of 19 oil paintings on paper by Antonio Zucchi. The scheme was probably devised collectively by the artist, architect and patron. The central image shows the choice of the semi-god Hercules between Glory and the Passions - a subject alluding to the wise judgement of the patron, Lord Mansfield, other panels contain symbolic figures of Theology, Jurisprudence, Mathematics and Philosophy. We wish to tell more during the tour to this beautiful sight.
2. The man who built this house as we now see it was “the legal genius of his generation”.
William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (1705 - 1793) was a British barrister, politician and judge noted for his reform of English law. Born to Scottish nobility, he was educated in Perth, Scotland, before moving to London at the age of 13 to study. In 1742 was involved in politics and was a Member or Parliament. Lord Mansfield With became Attorney General and Chief Justice in 1745.
and learn something interesting at an easy pace
#summer2018 #sun #vacation #summerlovin #fun #vacationtime #summerbody ... while lying on the beach, sipping a cool cocktail and making a new social media post, why not browse some interesting youtube videos to learn something new, perhaps an inspiration for a conversation at a dinner with friends or just food for thought.
Auction house created a great platform of short educational videos to make us engage with the viewing of their highlight sale pieces (Masterworks by Sotheby's, Spotlight, etc.), learn about art history (Expert Voices, Anatomy of the Art Work, etc) and show the business part of art valuation. My favourite is the playlist The Value of Art where the auction experts focus on each aspect of an art appraisal process and factors: Authenticity, Condition, Rarity, Provenance, Historical Importance, Size, Fashion, Subject Matter, Medium and Quality.
Auction house celebrated 250 years in 2016 and it is always up to date with the most interesting and engaging information, for example, Great Art and Artists with 80 videos in this playlist, Extraordinary Objects, Collectors and Collections, Discovery and more!
Tate YouTube brings you weekly videos about art and artists from around the world. Subscribe for interviews with artists, exhibition walkthroughs, celebrity art fans, live performance art and more. Their weekly series TateShots features the best in international modern and contemporary art.
4. Smart Art History
Smarthistory is the leading not-for-profit producer of videos about art and cultural history. We work with archaeologists, art historians, curators and conservators to offer videos on the world's most influential works of art.
5. The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world's diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public. Founded in 1879, the museum is home to approximately 300,000 works of art from all cultures and historical periods, spanning every medium, and host to more than 30 special exhibitions per year. Their YouTube Channel is well structured and includes Conversations, Architecture and Design, Art Installations, American Art and more.
My personal favourite - Art Explainer: The Power to Look, Surface and Depth, Light and Shadow.
Well, I hope you will find my recommendations enjoyable to watch!
Please comment with more suggestions of free self study sources, YouTube and others.
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