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Albert and the Whale
Albert and the Whale

Wed, 28 Feb


Southampton City Art Gallery

Albert and the Whale

Join Professor Philip Hoare for February's illustrated talk on the natural art of the master painter and printmaker Albrecht Dürer.

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Time & Location

28 Feb 2024, 10:30 – 11:30 GMT

Southampton City Art Gallery, Civic Centre, Commercial Rd, Southampton SO14 7LY, UK

About the event

In 1521, Albrecht Dürer, the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance, took a trip to the Low Countries. He was fleeing the plague in Nuremberg, but he also had another mission in mind: to record the greatest creature of the natural world. Would he succeed? In this illustrated talk, Philip Hoare tells of Dürer’s fascination with depicting birds and beasts and plants and asks if his transcendent art has a message for our times.

Philip Hoare is Professor of Creative Writing at Southampton University. HIs books include Wilde's Last Stand, Spike Island, England's Lost Eden and The Sea Inside. Leviathan, or The Whale won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize. Philip also wrote and presented the BBC Arena film The Hunt for Moby Dick and directed three short films for the BBC's Whale Night.

About the event:

  • We're meeting in the Lecture Theatre at Southampton City Art Gallery. Everyone's welcome - you don't have to be a member to come to our talks!
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  • Individual admission is £4.00 for FoSMAG members and students,  £6.00 for other non-members.
  • Please be ready to pay in cash or by chip+pin card payment at the door.

Image: The Rhinoceros, Albrecht Dürer (1515). National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. (via Google Arts & Culture).

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