Organised by the Cambridgeshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Images of Old Age: the abject and the heroic

Lecture | McCrum Lecture Theatre (Corpus Christi College)

Tuesday 25 November 2014 - 18:30 until 20:00

Speaker Helen Langdon is an art historian, former Assistant Director of the British School at Rome, and author of books on Holbein, Caravaggio, Claude Lorraine.

Rembrandt’s art reveals a continuous fascination with age and ageing and, at the time of the National Gallery exhibition, Rembrandt; the final Years, this lecture explores great artists and old age. It looks at representations of the elderly, and their wavering between the parody and horror of Leonardo’s old crones and witches, and the evocation of a noble spirituality in the aged saints of Caravaggio and the sages of Rembrandt; it explores the problems of the ageing artist himself, and the dichotomy between romantic and pragmatic approaches to such artists as Titian and Rembrandt; it concludes with a section on the myth or reality of a universal late style, in the sublime late works of Rembrandt, Poussin and Claude.

This event has been organised by the Cambridgeshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue information

McCrum Lecture Theatre (Corpus Christi College)

Through arch by the Eagle Pub, Bene't Street, CB2 3QN

Entry details

£13 (includes glass of wine)

To book, please contact Jean Calhoun on or call 01223 300887

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