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FLOOD, FIRE, AND FROST

November 12 @ 2:00 pm - November 26 @ 3:00 pm

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With Tim Wilcox, Author, Independent Curator and Art Historian

So much landscape painting depicts an idealised nature, a perfect moment removed from time to be contemplated, unchanging, forever. This online short course concentrates on the opposite; situations where the environment becomes hostile, where human endeavours appear powerless against its’ sometimes destructive power.

FLOOD (12 November)

The biblical story of Noah suggests that floods have been part of human experience since the dawn of history. Today, they are no longer distant, once-in-a lifetime events, but regular, all-too-familiar disasters. Looking at pictures of past floods, both real and imagined, now inspires a new range of powerful emotions.

FIRE (19 November)

Confined to the home or the factory, fire is essential to survival. Uncontrolled in the world at large, it causes havoc and devastation. Pictures of volcanoes exert a lurid fascination, while volcanic dust can cause spectacular sunsets on the other side of the globe. Human vulnerability to the effects of  disasters, whether distant or near at hand, puts the politics of Empire into a far less certain light.

FROST (26 November)

The glaciers of Switzerland helped open the eyes of Enlightenment explorers to the mysteries of the universe. The polar ice caps have long stood as symbols of the limits of human exploration and human endurance. In an era of climate change, do we regard past artists’ celebration of ice and snow as so many irretrievable records of a vanished world, or as a spur to current action?


BOOKING

The event will take place online on Zoom and a link to join the event will be shared in advance by email.

Booking is essential and tickets are £21 for the entire course.

Details

Start:
November 12 @ 2:00 pm
End:
November 26 @ 3:00 pm
Website:
https://ashmolean.web.ox.ac.uk/event/flood-fire-and-frost

Organiser

Ashmolean Museum
Phone:
01865 278112
Email:
onlinetickets@ashmus.ox.ac.uk
Website:
www.ashmolean.org

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Event Type
Art

Venue

Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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