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The Queen of Instruments: the Lute within Old Master Paintings

The Arts Society Lunesdale

2.15pm Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Borwick & Priest Hutton Memorial Hall

The Queen of Instruments:  the Lute within Old Master Paintings

A lecture by Adam Busiakiewicz, BA, MA for The Arts Society Lunesdale.

The lute holds a special place in the history of art: painters of the Italian Renaissance depicted golden-haired angels plucking its delicate strings, evoking celestial harmony; in the sixteenth century, during the rise of humanism, the lute was a becoming pastime of educated courtiers, as depicted by the likes of Holbein and Titian; throughout the seventeenth century, the instrument continued to play a key role in emphasising the intimate, debauched and transient pleasures of interior scenes by Jan Steen and portraits by Frans Hals. This lecture looks at the lute, and other musical instruments, as devices to express various aspects of the human character throughout the ages.

As part of the lecture, Adam will perform several pieces of music on the lute.

Tea/coffee available before and after the lecture. Guests by prior appointment with the Membership Secretary - £5 guest charge per meeting.  Contact The Arts Society Lunesdale by clicking here.

Adam Busiakiewicz

Adam is an art historian, lecturer and lutenist.  After completing his BA in History at UCL in 2010, he held the position of Head of Historical Interpretation (curator) at Warwick Castle. He left the castle in 2013 after winning a full Arts and Humanities Research Council studentship to pursue a Master’s Degree in Fine and Decorative Art at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. In December 2014 he became the youngest Guide Lecturer at the Wallace Collection, where he regularly gives talks, tours and lectures to both public and professional audiences. Alongside his primary specialism in British and Old Master Paintings, Adam is especially interested in the history and collection of the Earls of Warwick and is currently working on his doctorate at the University of Warwick.


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