Self-portrait, 1630 Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Google Art Project, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

BRIDFAS Programme

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< Season 2016/2017 >

Drink thy Wine with a merry Heart

Jane Gardiner - 14.09.2016 - 19:30

Doors open 7pm, lecture starts at 7.30pm

Ecclesiastes 9:7 KJV: Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.


This lecture will focus particularly on the development of the wine glass. It will consider the drinking habits of different countries and the types of glasses associated with those countries.

The Founders and Treasures of the Wallace Collection

Stephen Duffy - 12.10.2016 - 19:30

Doors open 7pm, lecture starts at 7.30pm

The Wallace Collection, a national museum containing an outstanding array of paintings, furniture, porcelain, arms and amor, and other works of art, was brought together by five generations of one family between about 1780 and 1880. All the Founders were remarkable – and sometimes rather strange - men in their own right, but the greatest collectors were the 4th Marquess of Hertford and his illegitimate son, Sir Richard Wallace, who lived most of their lives in Paris. It is their French upbringing which largely explains the strong, but by no means overwhelming, French emphasis to much of the Collection. This lecture tells the fascinating story of the Wallace Collection’s formation, and also presents many of its finest treasures.

"Jewel of the Crown" the Sainte Chapelle in Paris

Nicole Mezey - 09.11.2016 - 19:30

Doors open 7pm, lecture starts at 7.30pm

The Sainte Chapelle is a gem of beauty and technical innovation in the heart of Paris, possibly the most perfect surviving medieval ensemble. It was designed not only to celebrate France and its kings, but as a life-size reliquary, a worthy shrine for some of the most significant and talismanic of Christian remains, including the Crown of Thorns. Built in a mere 5 years (1243-1248), this extraordinary survival captures the best of the arts at a precise moment in time, summoned up by all the resources available to a king. This lecture looks at the architecture, the sculpture, but, above all, the exquisite stained glass, setting Louis IX in the company of the blessed and turning the interior into a floating vision of heaven on earth.

Christmas Carol Service

no lecture - 07.12.2016 - 17:00

venue : Alte Holter Kirche in Bissendorf

Details will be announced

Rembrandt: Bohemian or Businessman, Romantic or Rebel

Jane Choy - 18.01.2017 - 19:30

Doors open 7pm, lecture starts at 19.30pm

Rembrandt is considered by many to be Holland’s greatest artist and the equal of Mozart, Shakespeare and Michelangelo. Unlike van Gogh, the other great Dutch artist, Rembrandt has not left much written material explaining his views on art, but what he has left is a unique visual autobiography in his self-portraits which he did from the age of 20 to 63, the year of his death. This lecture will use the self-portraits as a thread through his life and with his other masterpieces explore the man and what, why, and how he painted. Was he indeed a businessman or bohemian, rebel or romantic?

Gustav Klimt and the Vienna Secession

Adrian Sumner - 15.02.2017 - 07:30

Doors open at 7pm, lecture starts at 7.30h

A lecture featuring the most gorgeous images imaginable, exploring the work of this most influential of artists. Since the revival of interest in the 1960s, the reputation of Gustav Klimt has continued to grow.

More popular today than ever, Klimt has become a watchword for luxury and opulence, his work for the Vienna Secession and the Wiener Werkstatte a pointer to a new and modern design future.

Maria Sibylla Merian - Artist, Scientist and Adventurer.

Dr.Twigs Way - 29.03.2017 - 19:30

Doors open at 7pm, lecture starts at 19.30pm

Most famous for her botanical and entomological illustrations, Maria Sibylla Merian was one of the most extraordinary women of the 17th century. Born into a family of artists, she became fascinated with the life cycle of caterpillars and moths, disproving the then common belief that they were created from mud. Leaving behind her marriage and her work as a successful flower painter, she sailed to Surinam in pursuit of rarities of flora and fauna, and produced the famous `Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium'. Her illustrations were sought by collectors and royalty throughout Europe, whilst her scientific observations stunned the world.


The Genius of Stradivari

Toby Faber - 26.04.2017 - 19:30

Doors open at 7pm, lecture starts at 7.30pm

Two hundred and fifty years after Antonio Stradivari’s death, his violins and cellos remain the most highly prized instruments in the world. Loved by great musicians and capable of fetching fabulous sums when sold, their tone and beauty are legendary. Every subsequent violin-maker has tried to match them. Not one has succeeded. How can that be? This lecture explores that central mystery by following some of Stradivari’s instruments from his workshop to the present day. It is a story that travels from the salons of Vienna to the concert halls of New York, and from the breakthroughs of Beethoven’s last quartets to the first phonographic recordings. Toby Faber’s book Stradivarius: Five violins, one cello and a genius, was described in The New York Times as ‘more enthralling, earthy and illuminating than any fiction could be.’ The lecture is illustrated with pictures of violins and of key individuals and locations, as well as with some short musical recordings.


May Outing

no lecture - 15.05.2017 - 08:00

Date and details to be announced

AGM followed by "Fit for a King" The Art of Hans Holbein the Younger

Dr. Sophie Oosterwijk - 14.06.2017 - 19:30

Doors open at 6pm, AGM starts at 6.30h, Lecture starts at 7.30h

Hans Holbein the Younger lived in a time of religious and political turmoil. Born in Augsburg he moved to Basel and then, with the recommendation from Erasmus, to England.

In 1535 he became the court painter of  King Henry VIII.