- The Arts Society East Midlands Area: Gold of the Gods: Treasures of the Americas and the Search for El Dorado – 11th July
- The Venice of Bellini and Carpaccio – 22nd November
- Women Artists Down the Centuries – starting 26th September
Friends of Members, those on the Waiting List and Affiliate Members are welcome to apply for these events. However, priority is given to members.
South America and the Search for El Dorado: The ancient goldsmiths of Colombia produced some of the most spectacular treasures of South America. For Colombians, gold has a spiritual importance. Europeans, by contrast, saw gold as a commodity. The dream of El Dorado led many Europeans to risk their lives searching for the “golden one”.
Golden Treasures of Peru: This lecture will look at the Incas, the Moche and the Chimu. They transformed gold into elaborate pendants, breastplates and musical instruments. These ritual objects were destined for temples, places of offering and burial sites.
Mexico, the golden land: In 1519, Hernan Cortes and a small fighting force landed on the coast of Veracruz and clashed with the warlike Aztecs. We will look at the Aztecs who were great goldsmiths and the Mixtec.
The booking form can be downloaded here.
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Patricia Fortini Brown, The Renaissance in Venice: a World Apart, London 1997
Tom Nicols, Renaissance Art in Venice: From Tradition to Individualism, London 2011