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WEEK COMMENCING January 18th 2021

Suggestions for arts-related viewing available on the I/Net, on YouTube and via Zoom, as well as on BBC 4 and BBC iPlayer.

NOTE: Any suggestion which is not free is marked (*).

NOTE: Instructions are given in the link on on how to watch the talk on Zoom (you will need to register) OR  via a link to YouTube. 
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Copies, Fakes and Reproductions: a closer look at works in the Wallace Collection (1:00:00) (3 pm to 4 pm Thurs 21st Jan)
A talk by Dr Helen Jacobsen, Curator of 18th-century French Decorative Fine Arts at the Wallace Collection. Some of the pieces in the internationally renowned collection of French 18th-century furniture are not quite what they seem. A fascinating insight into how copies and reproductions have been viewed over the years.

Norman Rockwell Documentary (1:27:00)
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Norman Perceval Rockwell (1894 – 1978) was a 20th-century American illustrator, painter and author. His nostalgic reflection of American culture enjoys a broad popular appeal. Much of his work can be seen in the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, while some is in private collections. He is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine, though these have been criticized by some as sentimentalized portrayals of American life. He also was commissioned to illustrate more than forty books, as well as to paint the portraits of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. In his later years, Rockwell began receiving more attention as a painter when he chose more serious subjects, such as the series on racism for Look magazine, one example being ‘The Problem We All Live With’, which dealt with the issue of school racial integration.

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Meissen “Swan Service” – Cocktails with a Curator (00:25:53)
Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon examines two pieces of the legendary Meissen “Swan Service,” which was all but destroyed during World War II when Russian soldiers ransacked a palace in the Polish village of Brody. This opulent set of dishes was given by Augustus III, King of Poland, to the statesman Heinrich von Brühl, who helped engineer Augustus’s ascent to the throne in 1734. Originally comprising 2,200 intricately designed pieces, only about 100 pieces survive, two of which are in the Frick.

NOTE: £5 donation either by bank transfer to sort code 40-38-18, account 31024191 or by cheque payable to: The Arts Society Richmond and sent to 238, St Margaret’s Road, Twickenham TW1 1NL. For payment by bank transfer put the word Baroque in the reference box.
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British Baroque Art (1:06:47) (NOTE: recording is available until Wed 20th Jan)
The speaker is Sarah Ciacci, an art historian with a BA and MA from University College, London.  It is known that Charles I began adding Baroque art to the Royal Collection in the first half of the 17th century but here Sarah looks at the later Baroque period, in the latter part of the 1600s, when Baroque had become quite a strong thread running through British Art. She reminds us that initially the Baroque movement had been associated with Roman Catholic churches and had been considered too flamboyant and smacking of “popery'” in Protestant Britain, before being adopted by the British monarchy and aristocracy.

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“To See the Stars Again” – Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy
This virtual exhibition of seldom seen Divine Comedy sketches has been been available online to mark the year of the 700th anniversary of the death of the poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) and comprises eighty-eight rarely seen pen and ink drawings by the 16th-century Renaissance artist Federico Zuccari. Dante’s epic poem The Divine Comedy traces a pilgrim’s journey through hell, purgatory and heaven.  (Events commemorating the anniversary of Dante’s death are planned to take place throughout the year in Florence, Ravenna and seventy other towns and villages connected to the poet.)
NOTE: The Uffizi Gallery and the Cassa dei Risparmi di Forli Foundation are co-organizing the hugely ambitious exhibition “Dante: The Vision of Art ” due to be held in the San Domenico Museums complex 12th March-4th July, subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

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Letters of Love, Loss and Longing
Love letters offer glimpses into private worlds – from a queen’s treasonous love letter, to the generous wish of a naval hero and the forlorn poetry of a prime minister. Secret stories of heartbreak, passion and disappointment are contained in the 500 years of letters in this intimate exhibition.

Secrets of the Museu
2/6 Inside the Victoria & Albert Museum (1:00:00) (8 pm Mon 18th Jan)
Project Manager Alice and her team unframe and scan a set of seven full-scale 500-year-old Raphaël cartoons that were created for Pope Leo X as designs for tapestries to be hung in the Sistine Chapel. The cartoons were acquired by the future Charles I from an unknown source and have been on loan to the museum from the Royal Collection since 1865.
NOTE: The Raphaël Court (Room 48a) where the cartoons are displayed has been undergoing a major refurbishment since 2000 to mark the 500th anniversary of Raphaël’s death and was due to reopen in 2021.
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Ice Dream: Lapland’s Snow Show (00:29:00) (ends Sun 24th Jan)
On the edge of the Arctic Circle some of the biggest names in art and architecture – including Zaha Hadid and Anish Kapoor – gather to produce an extraordinary collection of artworks made of ice and snow. The ice is harvested by chainsaw. Charlie Luxton investigates. (First shown in March 2004.)

A Christmas Carol (1:12:00) (NB ends Tues 19th Jan)
Simon Callow’s acclaimed one-man adaptation of the Charles Dicken’s classic. (Shown in December 2020)

The Snow Queen (1:26:00) (NB ends Wed 20th Jan)
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved tale. Choreographed by Christopher Hampson for Scottish Ballet. Designed by award-winning Lez Brotherson. (Filmed in 2019.)

Maria by Callas (1:53:00) (ends Sat 23rd Jan)
Documentary film that tells the story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer in her own
words. (First shown in December 2020)

GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’; scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE ‘WEEK 45; click on name of opera available for free that day.
NOTE: Performances are free online for TWENTY-THREE HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FIVE-HOUR time difference with the UK. 
WEEK 45 – Leading Ladies: Opera’s Greatest Heroines.
Monday January 18th – Bizet’s Carmen (2014)
Tuesday January 19th – Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (2009)
Wednesday January 20th – Bellini’s Norma (2017)
Thursday January 21st – Verdi’s La Traviata (2012)
Friday January 22nd – Puccini’s Tosca (1985)
Saturday January 23rd – Massenet’s Manon (2019)
Sunday January 24th – Wagner’s Die Walküre (2011)

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