Stonehenge and the Romantic Imagination

Stonehenge and the Romantic Imagination Stonehenge by JMW Turner. Copyright The Salisbury Museum

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 18:30

Booking: Booking required. Please contact the museum.
£6 Members; £8 Non-Members

A lecture by Professor Sam Smiles. A fundraising event. Sam Smiles is Associate Professor, Art History & Visual Culture, University of Exeter and Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Plymouth. He has published widely on JMW Turner, and recently curated the exhibition Late Turner: Painting Set Free at Tate Britain. In this talk, he will look at Turner’s exploration of the landscape of Wiltshire, including Stonehenge, a monument which presented special challenges for landscape painters. This gives an exciting opportunity to explore Turner’s treatment of Stonehenge and other prehistoric monuments and those of other artists too. The talk will be preceded by the opportunity to view Turner’s watercolour of Stonehenge hanging in the Wessex Gallery. 6.30 pm Private View. 7.00 pm Talk.