Stuart Architecture and Image-Making
January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
A Gresham lecture by Professor Simon Thurley
The Stuart age saw a much more systematic approach to the elite patronage of art and architecture. Collectors and connoisseurs were more aware of the effect of their activities and the audiences for them. An integral part of the tumultuous political events of the century was the cultural ambition of the principal players who form the subject of this lecture.
Professor Thurley is a leading architectural historian, a regular broadcaster and was, for thirteen years, Chief Executive of English Heritage, the Government’s principal advisor on the historic environment in England. Prior to joining English Heritage in 2002, he served as the Director of the Museum of London, the world’s largest city museum. Between 1990 to 1997 he was the Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, the organisation is responsible for Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, the Banqueting House, Whitehall and Kew Palace.
No reservations are required for this free lecture, which takes place in the lecture hall of the Museum of London. It is run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.
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