After Dinner Talks

Arcadia Education offers a range of after-dinner talks tailored to the needs of the specific commission / venue. A given talk can be as much Art Historical as company-specific; always tailored to suit the client’s individual needs. After-dinner talks will typically last 30 minutes. Thought-provoking subject matter will, ideally, stimulate further debate. It is expected that the speaker will naturally engage in the given dinner party’s ambiance, conversation and company, as a prelim to an after-dinner address and, one hopes, ensuing debate.

Our Talks

Art History

  • ‘J-L David and the Napoleonic Adventure: Politics, Propaganda and Patronage’
  • ‘Destruction or Revelation? The Restoration of The Sistine Chapel Ceiling’
  • Spirit of Place – The Sublime the Numinous & the Sacrosanct: The Rothko Room in Tate Modern
  • “The Ocean is an Object of No Small Terror” Turner’s Seascapes, “Soapsuds & Spinach”
  • ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ The Mystery of the Arnolfini Marriage
  • From Bedpan to Bed: Duchamp’s Ready-Made & its Legacy from Modernism to Postmodernism
  • ‘An Artistic Epiphany’: Giotto’s Arena Frescoes in Padua; An Artistic Revolution
  •  ‘From Fallen Heroine to Femme Fatale’: Portrayals of Women in Pre-Raphaelitism
  • ‘Pomp and Circumstance: A Regal Rout.’ Uccello’s Battle of San Romano: Propaganda, Patronage and Pageantry
  • ‘The Shock of the New: Impressionism to Iconoclasm
  • ‘Ambassadorship and Anamorphosis’ Holbein’s Ambassadors
  • ‘Freud in Focus’: Lucian Freud Laid Bare
  • ‘Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time’ Bronzino’s Titillating Allegory
  • Dots, Daytrips and Dogma’ Seurat’s Bathers at Asnieres
  • ‘Four Weddings & A Funeral’ The Iconography of Five Commemorative works
  • ‘3 is the Magic Number: The Power of 3 in Art History
  • ‘Conquest and Cuckoldry’ Botticelli’s Venus and Mars
  • Mythology and Mayhem’ Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian
  • ‘The Power of the Portrait’ Approaches to Portraiture across the Ages
  • ‘The Raft of the Medusa: The Political Shipwreck of France?’
  • ‘Great Moments in Art History’ Seminal Moments in the History of Art
  • ‘Tenebrism and Tension’ Caravaggio’s Supper at Emmaus
  • Anonymity and Iconography’ The Enigma of the Wilton Diptych
  • ‘From Darkness to Light’: The Late Cut-outs of Henri Matisse
  • ‘Iconoclasm & Anarchism in Art’: The Dada Revolution and Beyond
  • ‘The Blitz Reborn:’ John Virtue’s London Series Paintings
  • ‘The Femme Fatale’ late 19th and early 20th century vamps & anti-heroines
  • Pea-Soupers. The Thames through the eyes of Turner, Whistler & Monet
  • ‘Dutch Courage’. Dutch Painting in the Golden Age
  • ‘The Elgin Marbles Museology, Conservationism & National Politics’

Architecture & Design

  • ‘Seven Architectural Wonders of the World’
  • ‘The Parthenon versus the Pantheon: Two Heavyweights of the Ancient World’
  • ‘What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us?’
  • ‘A Short History of Tall Buildings’. The Rise of the Skyscraper in America & its Legacy
  • ‘The Spirit of the Belle Epoque’: Art Nouveau at the Fin de Siecle
  • ‘Are you sitting comfortably? Chair Design from Shakers to Conran

Seasonal Features:

  • ‘Horror & Terror in Gothicism’: Fuseli’s ‘The Nightmare’ & Surrounding Works
  • The Impressionists in Winter: Depictions of Seasonal Change in Impressionism
  • The Impressionist Landscape in a New Light: Summer & Sunshine
  • ‘Hockney’s Colouristic Utopia’: Springtime in Yorkshire
  • Painting the Weather: A Painterly Journey through the Seasons

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