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DateLecture
27 November 2019Beautiful Monsters: Heroic & Grotesque Armour of the Italian Renaissance
30 October 2019Oscar : A Life - The Rise & Fall of Oscar Wilde
25 September 2019Stripped Naked: The Nude in Art History
26 June 2019In Search of Leokadiya Kashperova: Musical adventures in Russia
29 May 2019The Master Masons
24 April 2019The Story of The Crystal Palace & The Great Exhibition
27 March 2019Timurid Carpet Revival and Persian Miniatures - A Carpet ride to Khiva exploring the revival of 15th century Timurid carpet designs from Persian illuminated manuscripts
27 February 2019Great Lengths: On the Art & Architecture of Historic Swimming Pools & Lidos
30 January 2019Mad Men & The Artists: How the Advertising Industry Exploited Fine Art
28 November 2018Contemporary Artists: Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor (postponed from our cancelled February Meeting)
31 October 2018From Downton to Gatsby: Jewellery & Fashion 1890 to 1929
26 September 2018Leonardo Da Vinci - The Complete Man of the Renaissance : Preceded by our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
27 June 2018The World's Most Expensive Art
30 May 2018Plants in Art and Culture - How Plants Created Society
25 April 2018Celebrating the Royal Academy of Arts: It's 250th Anniversary 1768-2018
28 March 2018The Fruits of Sin: The Art and Times of Hieronymus Bosch (d.1516)
28 February 2018Contemporary Artists : Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor CANCELLED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER - RE-SCHEDULED FOR OUR NOVEMBER LECTURE
31 January 2018Shakespeare: The Birth of Modern Show-Business
29 November 2017Gustav Klimt and Vienna 1900
25 October 2017Reading Pictures - Are You Visually Literate?
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31 May 2017Harems, Hookahs, Odalisques and Ottomans: A passion for the oriental in 18th and 19th century art
26 April 2017Sculpture in the Landscape: The two art forms - Sculpture and Garden Design
29 March 2017JMW Turner "...airy visions painted with tinted steam" by lecturer Valerie Woodgate replaces The Central Document of Turner's Art: The England and Wales Series due to illness
22 February 2017Undressing Antiques: The Art Market
25 January 2017Image and History - Art at the Lansdowne Club:
30 November 2016A Dickens of a Christmas and God Bless Us, Everyone
26 October 2016A Galaxy of Starchitects - the Stars of today's Architecture
28 September 2016Lucian Freud - Paintings to astonish, disturb, seduce and convince:
29 June 2016Architecture, Music and the Invention of Musical Perspective AGM at 7.15 pm followed by Lecture
25 May 2016Pots of Art from Grayson Perry
27 April 2016Masterpieces of Medieval Westminster
30 March 2016New Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace
24 February 2016John Singer-Sargent - the Power of the Portrait
27 January 2016Layers of Rome - The Rise of the Renaissance in Rome
25 November 2015Art Inspired by Wine
28 October 2015The Globalisation of Asian Contemporary Art
30 September 2015Shock! Horror! Probe! The Art and Artifice of Fleet Street
24 June 2015Three First World War artists: a look at the work and contribution of artists in the First World War
27 May 2015Gold of the Gods:The art of the Incas - AGM at 7.15pm followed by lecture
29 April 2015What is a Painter-Stainer? Inside an Ancient City Livery Company
25 March 2015Joseph Wright of Derby and the Men and Art of the Lunar Society
25 February 2015Royal Jewels from the Tzars to the Maharajas
28 January 2015Lalique: The story of one of France’s most well known glass artists
26 November 2014Star of Wonder, Star of light: The Star of Bethlehem
29 October 2014Casanova – the story of Venice’s most notorious son
24 September 2014Russian Art, 20th Century Modernism

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Beautiful Monsters: Heroic & Grotesque Armour of the Italian Renaissance Dr Tobias Capwell FSA Wednesday 27 November 2019

Armour was equipment for war and costume of a profoundly impressive kind.  Iron and steel can be sculpted into whatever extraordinary form the artist can imagine.  As the heroes and monsters of Classical antiquity proliferated in the Renaissanace psyche, noblemen began to self-identify in thos terms, casting themselves as the descendants and heirs of Hercules, Hector, Alexander and Caesar.  On the front line of this movement, armourers tasked with proving those claims, and they met the challenge with some of the most magnificent expressions of their art.  Italian armourers, led by Filippo Negroli of Milan, mentioned y Vasari as "the greatest every sculptor in steel", transformed their patrons into living sculptures - the Greco-Roman ideal of physically perfect supermen or, conversely, scaly, reptilian monsters out of some medieval nightmare.

Toby is Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection in London and an internationally-acknowledged authority of Medieval and Renaissance weapons.  He is the author of numerous books on the subject of arms and armour, including Masterpieces of European Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection (2011; Apollo (Magazine Book of the Year 2012); 
The Noble Art of the Sword: Fashion and Fencing in Renaissance Europe 1520-1630
ex. cat. (2012); Armour of the English Knight 1400 – 1450 (2015; Military History Monthly Illustrated Book of the Year 2017); and most recently Arms and Armour of the Medieval Joust (2018). Toby also appears regularly on television, most recently on A Stitch in Time (2018; BBC4); as presenter and armour advisor on Richard III: The New Evidence (2014; C4), and as the writer and presenter of Metalworks: The Knight's Tale (2012; BBC4). 

In 2015 Toby had the unusual honour of serving as one of the two fully armoured horsemen escorting the remains of King Richard III, from the battlefield at Bosworth to their final resting place in Leicester Cathedral.