Every Wednesday from 22 October to 26 November. Following on from the interest in last year’s French art course, Paul Chapman and Alexandra Ormerod will be presenting another series of talks this autumn. This year they will head further south to Spain to explore the creative interplay of art and literature in the peninsula’s rich history spanning the early Muslim influence through to the current day. Each of the six lectures will focus on a particular theme: from love, national and regional identity, to war and conflict, religion, landscape and memory. The talks will look at paintings and sculpture prompted by writers including St. Teresa of Avila, St. Juan de la Cruz, Miguel de Cervantes, Luis de Góngora, Miguel de Unamuno, Jorge Guillén and Federico García Lorca amongst others. Artists will include Zurbarán, Velasquez, Goya, Picasso, Miró, Dalí, Tàpies, Chillida, Juan Muñoz and many more besides. We strongly recommend that you book for the whole course as there will be a natural progression to the talks with many cross references between weeks. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion, contribution and argument.