Illustrated Lecture: 'Cracking Codes: Botticelli and Bletchley Park' by Robert Cumming

  • St James Concert and Assembly Hall |
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It was at Bletchley Park, the now famous country house in rural England, that some of the cleverest brains cracked the secret codes of the German High Command, thereby playing a key role in defeating Nazi Germany. At first sight this seems a long way form Botticelli; but one of the features of the great Renaissance mythological paintings -and among them is Botticelli's Primavera- is that they were often written in coded language. Unravelling those codes does not win wars, but it is a challenge not unlike the one faced by cryptanalysts at Bletchley Park. Not only does the code itself have to be cracked but then the real meaning of the decoded message has to be worked out. Robert Cumming will look at Botticelli's coded language and also show that the message the artist was conveying is just as important today as it was 500 years ago.

Venue details

St James Concert and Assembly Hall College Street, St. Peter Port, Guernsey Guernsey GY1 2NZ