The Story of Easter in Paintings from the National Gallery

The Story of Easter in Paintings from the National Gallery


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The story of Easter has inspired some of the most beautiful and moving paintings ever produced in Western Art. Drawn from the four Gospels and associated legends, the stories of Christ's passion, crucifixion, and resurrection have been re-told in paint throughout the centuries and were central in religious devotion.

The National Gallery, London, holds a superb collection of Old Master Paintings retelling the Easter story. Works by Raphael, Velasquez, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Caravaggio vividly re-tell elements of The Passion from Gethsemane to Calvary to Emmaus. Familiar stories are retold and obscure symbols explained. A biography of each artist will introduce some memorable characters and we will discuss each painting within the context of the development of European Art from the Italian 15th century, though the Renaissance and beyond.

Hattie has a degree in History of Art and an MA in Historic Interiors, she has a life-long passion and fascination in Fine and Decorative Arts, particularly works produced in Europe from the 16th to 18th century. After working for the Royal Collection in the Print Room at Windsor Castle, she was a curator for a private collector of 17th and 18th-century prints and drawings. Hattie has worked for London's foremost framer of important old master paintings during which time she sharpened her appreciation and understanding of the decorative arts and the changing tastes of collecting. Recently she has been dealing in prints and works of art as well as taking groups of all ages to museums and galleries.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.