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18 March 2019The Art and Architecture of St. Petersburg
18 February 2019Embroidered with Woodbine and Eglantine: Elizabethan Textile Furnishings
21 January 2019Classic Ground: Renaissance Gardens of Italy
10 December 2018The Queen of Instruments: The Lute in Old Master Painting
19 November 2018The Seine Estuary: Capturing the 19th Century Imagination- Birthplace of Impressionism
15 October 2018Worcester 1750-1900
17 September 2018Treasures of the Black Tent: Antique Tribal Rugs and Dowry Weavings of the Persian and Central Asian Nomads
09 July 2018The Paston Treasure
18 June 2018Anglo Saxon and Norman England-architecture and cultural change
21 May 2018Telling Time through the Ages
16 April 2018Cremona and the golden age of violin making
19 March 2018The Art Market : how does it work?
19 February 2018James Wyatt - Charlatan or Genius
15 January 2018Wonders of the Roman Empire-Off Limits
11 December 2017Nativity in Art from Giotto to Picasso.
20 November 2017The Gleaming Spires of London – an armchair tour of London’s finest buildings.
16 October 2017William Cobbett and James Gillray: Political and Personal Cartoons of the early C19th.
18 September 2017Nursery Notions: The Illustration, Music and History of Nursery Rhymes
19 June 2017Objects of Desire: Cabinets and Ornamental Boxes for the Collector
15 May 2017Contemporary Artist:Anthony Gormley and Anish Kapoor
10 April 2017 Vivaldi in Venice
20 March 2017The Glasgow Boys (this will follow the AGM)
20 February 2017Creating A Splash-The St Ives Society of Artists (1927-1952)
16 January 2017 Cobwebs of Fashion-Honiton Lace

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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).