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Great Masterpieces of Western Art

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Course: Great Masterpieces of Western Art
Tutor: Wayne Bennett
Start Date: 29th March 2019
Start Time: Dinner
End Date: 31st March 2019
End Time: Lunch
Res Fee (from): £328.00
Non Res Fee: £220.00 What's included?

European culture is often defined by so-called ‘masterpieces’ in art. Works of art that act as supreme examples of the artist’s skill as well as the summation of a particular set of cultural ideas. This course will unpack the idea of the masterpiece - and its collective corollary, the canon - through the examination of a whole range of great pictorial works by such artists as Holbein, Vermeer, Velasquez, Rembrandt, Goya, Delacroix, Manet, Van Gogh and Picasso…to name but a few. Be prepared to have your mind stretched and your horizons widened. No prior knowledge will be assumed. All-comers welcome. 

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Wayne Bennett

Wayne Bennett

After an initial training and career in the theatre (including working for over four years at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden) Wayne studied fine art and art history at Camberwell School of Art and Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, where he obtained a first class honours degree. For two years he worked for the Contemporary Art Society based at the Tate Gallery after which he moved to Dorset. For 23 years he led the team at Dillington House until his retirement in early 2015. He now divides his time between his many research interests - archaeology, cartography, cultural history, music and art. Wayne is Co-Director of the Dillington Summer School and continues to originate and tutor courses for Dillington and elsewhere. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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In its commitment to the arts and to broader and even peripheral aspects of culture, Dillington House is a beacon of enlightenment in a world of increasing sameness, mediocrity and uncritical acceptance. And there is much to be said for the home cooking too. I unhesitatingly commend it to all who are still intellectually alert. Brian Sewell