The Devil in the Detail: A Series of Art Historical Conundrums

Art History

Day course

Joanna Cobb

16 August 2021

Non-resident fee £58 per day

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This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Summer week.

Come on a journey which will take in some of the key works in British collections, almost all on permanent public view.  Together we will dig deeper into each to discover what they can tell us about the people, places and objects which they depict, how these might have been interpreted within their historical contexts and how they have come to be viewed since, especially in light of recent debates on diversity in culture and society.

Hans Holbein ‘Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve: The Ambassadors’, (1533), The National Gallery London.
Anonymous English artist ‘The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I (c. 1590), The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Tutor information

Joanna Cobb is an independent art historian, researcher and lecturer based in Somerset with a passionate belief in the benefits of lifelong learning in its fullest sense.  Following a career teaching history, she studied history of art at Birkbeck, University of London, leading to an MA with distinction. Joanna’s article, ‘From Parrots to Princes: Exhibitions of Contemporary Stained Glass in Late Eighteenth-century London’. appeared in the online journal Vidimus, Issue 53, July/August 2011. Since moving to Somerset Joanna has been invited to speak for a range of organisations. Central to Joanna’s approach is an understanding of the cultural, political and social contexts in which works of art were produced and experienced,  in order to allow the ‘bigger picture’ to emerge and in so doing enrich and enlarge the encounter.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.