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EXPERTISE
History - Art & Culture
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BIOGRAPHY
Art and its appreciation should be inclusive. Too often it is presented in terms which are impenetrable and confusing. The aim of these talks is not only to provide some plain English explanations of the terminology used in the Art world, but also to help people to LOOK at a painting rather than just SEE it. One small step in making Art Appreciation accessible to all.

Chris is an engaging speaker with a passion for Art and an eagerness to share his understanding with others. He has delivered his talks on Art History and Art Appreciation at Art workshops and on board Princess cruise ships.

“We found Chris's Art talks fascinating and very informative. Thank you.”
Elizabeth Press, Princess guest

“I asked Chris to speak at our Christmas Art workshop in 2016. Chris gave an extremely interesting, entertaining talk on Art Appreciation. I received excellent feedback from the art students who learnt a lot from his talk.”
Roger Febery, Art Lecturer
TALKS
1. Art Appreciation for the Beginner
Art Appreciation simply means being able to look at works and form your own opinions. Do you like every piece of music you hear, every book you read or every kind of food you taste? This talk breaks down some of the "ingredients" in a work of Art in order to help people to look at art in a different way.

2. An Introduction to Art History
What is Art? When did Art begin? Where is Art now? A very condensed History of the major Art styles and movements in human existence from 40,000 years ago to present day.

3. The Italian Renaissance
The Italian Renaissance was a period of great cultural change that began in Italy during the 14th century and lasted until the 17th century, marking the transition between Medieval and Modern Europe. The French word renaissance means "Rebirth". The European Renaissance began in Tuscany and centred in the city of Florence. The Italian Renaissance is best known for its achievements in painting, architecture, sculpture, literature, music, philosophy, science and exploration.
In this talk, we take a look at a timeline of the Renaissance, and study works of Art by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, Botticelli and Titian.

4. Symbology in Art (1 of 2)
Nothing in Byzantine, Renaissance and Pre-Raphaelite painting is there by accident. Positioning of figures, gestures, objects, even colours have special meaning. This introduction explains some of the common and more readily understandable symbolism used in painting and shows examples of works which use them. You will never look at a painting the same way again.

5. Symbology in Art (2 of 2)
This presentation goes into some detail about the background and circumstances which led to the commissioning and execution of a few key works with very significant Symbolic meanings. Works used are by Holbien, Titian and Van Eyck.

6. Art Movements
Art Movements are the collective titles that are given to artworks which share the same artistic ideas, style, technical approach or time frame. They are a historical convenience for grouping together artists of a common period, style or technique so that they may be more easily understood.

7. Destination Specific Art Talk
These focus on the Art Galleries and museums in the Cruise ports of call. Each one will identify a few key Galleries and Museums and the "must see" works available, which will ensure that you get the most out of your short time in the port.

8. The Architecture of Antoni Gaudi
Antoni Gaudí was a Catalan architect, whose distinctive style is characterized by freedom of form, colour and texture. Gaudí worked almost entirely in or near Barcelona. Much of his career was occupied with the construction of the Sagrada Família, which was unfinished at his death in 1926. This talk will provide more information about the architecture of Gaudi that you will encounter during your visit to Barcelona.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
I have delivered enrichment talks on 1 Princess cruise in 2016.