Time: 10.30 for 10.45 – 3. 30pm
Venue: Linnean Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BF
Lecturer: Clare Ford-Wille
Cost: £38 There are no facilities for coffee
The day will begin with the life and career of the late 17th century British artist Mary Beale, much admired by Peter Lely and her Dutch contemporaries, the flower painter Rachel Ruysch and the intrepid botanist and superb watercolourist, Maria Sibylla Merian, who travelled to Suriname to explore and record the insects in watercolours in the Russian and British royal collections. The technique of pastel was developed in the sensitive portraits by the Venetian, Rosalba Carriera, who was celebrated at the French court, where French artists would take up her pioneering ideas. The day will end with the Swiss youthful prodigy, Angelika Kauffmann, a founding member of the Royal Academy. An exhibition celebrating her was to be held at the Royal Academy in 2020 but, because of the pandemic, never took place. This will be an opportunity to commemorate her career.