Click here for previous lectures

18 March 2019The Art and Architecture of St. Petersburg
15 April 2019Alchemy and Adventure: A history of Exotic Colours and Poisonous Pigments
20 May 2019William Morris: The Art of Life and the Life of Art
17 June 2019Silver in England: A fresh look
16 September 2019Ancient Egyptian Art: 3000 years of Treasures
21 October 2019From Soup to Syllabub: A light-heated Insight into Food and Eating Habits of 18th Century England
18 November 2019A Tour of Big Ben
09 December 2019The Bayeux Tapestry - The World's Oldest Comic Strip
20 January 2020Caravaggio: Murderer or Genius?
17 February 2020The Rebuilding of the Town of Ypres after its total Destruction in the Great War
16 March 2020Decadence and Dreams: Jewellery from around 190
20 April 2020The Field of Cloth of Gold: 6000 Englishmen in France for 18 Days - how did they do it?

Click on a row and scroll to display more details about the lecture

The Art and Architecture of St. Petersburg Andrew Spira Monday 18 March 2019

St. Petersburg is surely one of the most beautiful and remarkable cities in the world. Founded over 300 years ago, the city is a testimony to Peter the Great’s astonishing attempt to raise Russia to the level of a European empire in the space of a generation. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the city was enriched with palaces, churches, museums, canals and bridges. This lecture will tell the story of the city, as reflected in its art and architecture, ranging from the earliest times, through the age of the great patrons and patronesses, to the Revolution and the Nazi siege of Leningrad (as St. Petersburg was known from 1924-1991).