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Renaissance, Reformation and Counter-Reformation – A Revolution in Art in context

About the event

Lecture by Dr Neil Faulkner

(via Zoom or at a venue and time to be confirmed - please check our website under Further Information for latest situation.)

What does “Renaissance Art” mean? The paintings, sculptures, and architectural forms of the 15th to 17th centuries were never ‘art for art’s sake’. Art was doing a job of work: communicating messages about a new world order that was coming into being. Art was expressing the conflict of traditions and values that powered the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation.

By focusing on a selection of representative artists and artworks, this lecture will unpack the ferment of ideas implicit in Renaissance art. We will range from Michelangelo’s Rome to Shakespeare’s London to Rembrandt’s Holland but our survey will demonstrate that art was the common language of an age of turmoil and a way of thinking about a changing world.

Dr Faulkner was educated at King’s College, Cambridge and the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. He works as lecturer, writer, archaeologist and occasional broadcaster. He is a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. Dr Faulkner is also Editor of Military History Monthly; Director of Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project and Director of the Great Arab Revolt Project. He is author of The Decline and Fall of Roman Britain; Apocalypse; Hidden Treasure; Rome: Empire of the Eagles; The Ancient Greek Olympics: a visitor’s guide and author of the forthcoming Lawrence of Arabia’s War. His major TV appearances include Channel 4’s Time Team; BBC2’s Timewatch; Channel Five’s Boudica Revealed and Sky Atlantic’s The British.

Zoom lectures

Guests are welcome to a maximum of 2 lectures at a charge of £5.00 each time. Please email Richard Brown at who will send you the link and payment details. If the lecture is live please enquire.


Lizzie Booth

Dates and venues

  • Thursday 18 November 2021 - 7:30pm, (via Zoom or at a venue and time to be confirmed - please check our website under Further Information for latest situation.)

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