Events | The Power of the Portrait: A Journey through Pictures

Barnsley House Art History Study Day with Arcadia Education

‘The Power of the Portrait: A Journey through Pictures’ 

  • Location: Barnsley House, Barnsley, Cirencester, Glos. GL7 5EE
  • Date: 21.05.17 | 10:00am – 4:00pm (See timings below)
  • Cost: £55 to include morning coffee & biscuits, a light lunch and tutoring for the day (parking available)
  • Book Now: Contact Katie Nelson on 07720775087
  • Alternatively Sally Barker: Tel. 01285 740000

The word ‘portrait’ derives from the Italian Ritratto, meaning to reproduce a likeness. This is, ultimately, the chief function of a portrait: to record a sitter’s physical appearance. Portraiture will always be in demand. After all, it was formerly the best way for an artist to make a living, hence it was a highly revered subject within the traditional hierarchy of genres in the arts. Whilst portraiture allows a person to exist despite their physical absence, its function is so much more than that. It serves to fashion a professional identity in terms of class, gender or status. Where would we be without the portraits of kingship which trace the lineage of English monarchs? A portrait commission presents the artist with two fundamental approaches – idealism or realism. The latter led Lady Churchill to have the portrait of Sir Winston burnt by her gardener, and Freud’s portrait of a “glum-faced monarch with five o’clock shadow” led a Daily Mail critic to dub it “one of her corgis after a stroke’”. A portrait also sets up a tension between artist and sitter – this interaction was arguably most keenly explored by Lucian Freud. The rise of the self-portrait in the post-Jungian era led to artists producing psychological portraits of introspection, which delve beyond the limitations of photography. The portrait through the ages often provides invaluable insight into the zeitgeist of each era. Come and explore it!

For further information please contact:

Katie Nelson: 07720775087,

Or: Sally Barker: or Rachel Nelson:

Timings for the day: 

09:30 Arrival & Coffee

10:00 – 11:15 Session 1

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee

11:45 – 13:00 Session 2

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (provided)

14:00 – 15:30 Session 3

Cost for the event £55 

To book a place and for payment enquiries please contact Katie Nelson on 07720775087