27 April 2019

Hidden messages: How to ‘unlock’ a painting

This event has been rescheduled from 16 March 2019. Due to external funding, this is now a free event. We have issued refunds for anyone who bought tickets for the original date.

How do you ‘read’ a painting?

This one day workshop deconstructs St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child by Dieric Bouts to reveal some of its hidden messages.

After an introduction to the painting, we will discuss the ‘rules’ followed by Bouts and his contemporaries.

There will be short presentations and practical activities exploring topics including symbolism, colour and perspective.

No prior knowledge required. This fun and interactive introduction to Art History is particularly suitable for KS1 or KS2 teachers who would like to find out more about using paintings for cross-curricular activities in school.

St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child
St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child is currently on display in our Old Masters GalleryThe mesmerising painting is on loan from The Bowes Museum until October 2019.

This masterpiece of Flemish Renaissance art was painted in the workshop of Dieric Bouts the Elder in the mid-15th century. Find out more about this painting.

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