Friday Lunch & Lecture – The Greatest Painting in the World: The Ghent Altarpiece with Wayne Bennett
This lecture will appeal to those with an interest in art and cultural history. This talk will explain the significance of this extraordinary work painted at a time when Europe was transitioning from the chivalric period of the Middle Ages into what we call the Renaissance. The work has a colourful and dramatic history that is still playing out today.
Includes lunch. Lunch is served from 1pm and lecture begins at 2pm.
Wayne Bennett: After an initial training and career in the theatre (including working for over four years at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden) Wayne studied fine art and art history at Camberwell School of Art and Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, where he obtained a first class honours degree. He also has a Master’s degree in Art History from the Open University. For two years he worked for the Contemporary Art Society based at the Tate Gallery after which he moved to Dorset. For 23 years he led the team at Dillington House until his retirement in early 2015. He now divides his time between his many research interests – archaeology, cartography, cultural history, music and art. For many years Wayne was Co-Director of the Dillington Summer School and continues to originate and tutor courses for Dillington and elsewhere. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.