If you’ve always wanted an accessible, enjoyable introduction to the great Art of Europe, this could be your perfect place to start: our series of richly-illustrated live Zoom Talks on Art, starting on Tuesday 5th January.

With degrees in fine art and art history, and with over 7 years leading our acclaimed tours of the National Gallery of Ireland (including our well-known How to Read a Painting tour), we’ve refined an approach that allows guests to savour the great art of the past, to follow and enjoy its subjects, themes and symbols, comprehend its meaning, techniques and materials, while also giving our guests a sense of the cultural and historical context in which all these astonishing art works were made.  All made enjoyable, and highly accessible, yet without sacrificing accuracy, quality or detail.

Now we take this same approach online in the format of a Zoom talk, richly and lavishly illustrated, delivered live each week at 2pm every Tuesday from 5th January to 9th March.  Each talk can be enjoyed live with us each Tuesday afternoon.  The recorded talk can also be watched for an entire week afterwards, at any time of your choosing. (Or indeed both live and afterwards in the recorded version, for no extra charge.)

The first talk starts at the very birth of the Renaissance, exploring the pioneer Giotto and his world famous frescoes.  Over the following weeks we’ll encounter the glorious art of Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Jan van Eyck, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Jan Vermeer, Canaletto and many more, looking in real detail to explore their astonishing achievements. You’ll find, over the course of 10 weeks, that this series is almost like doing a diploma course without the bother of essays or exams!

We’re certain our guests will enjoy and savour these talks.

As noted above, each talk can be enjoyed live with us, each Tuesday afternoon, or the recorded talk can be watched for an entire week afterwards, at any time of your choosing.  The only difference is that our live online talks each Tuesday include an extra 10-minutes as a live Q&A session at the end of each talk.  It’s possible to participate in the live talk and later to watch the recorded version as well, perhaps using the latter for consolidation or revision, if desired.  The same ticket is used for all versions of the talk, and yes, can be used as much as you wish, for an entire week, every week.

How to buy tickets: tickets can be purchased at €12.50 for individual talks or for reduced prices for a block of 5 talks (available for either the first 5 or last 5 talks), or a block ticket for the entire course of 10 talks.

Please note: All tickets purchases must be made at least 2 hours before the first talk you plan to attend.

You can see the full breakdown of our topics for all 10 talks, with dates and times, and all the available ticket options here, or indeed simply press the green onscreen “Book Now” button anytime, then choose Zoom Art Talk and follow the steps from there.  And remember, in the case of the 5 talk and 10 talk tickets, they can also be purchased as a gift for friends or family.  Just tick the relevant check-box when prompted, and follow the steps online.

We look forward to seeing some of you art lovers in early January.  It’s going to be a treat!

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