Writers talks in the Courtauld Gallery
From November 2008 to January 2009, Ruth Padel, Somerset House Writer in Residence, invited six eminent
writers from different genres to give a series of exclusive talks about
their favourite painting in The Courtauld Gallery.
Each writer chose a work that particularly engaged, challenged,
provoked or delighted them, and presented their personal
reflections during a talk for a small audience, directly in
front of the painting.
“I wanted to hear other writers, people whose professional life depends on listening to their own imagination, responding to these paintings. Not in art historical ways but personally and imaginatively. I wondered if discovering how one painting matters to one person might shed interesting light on what a great art gallery is for. What does a painting do to us? Where can it take us?”
Ruth Padel, Writer in Residence at Somerset House
on Cranach's Adam and Eve
View guardian.co.uk Audio Slideshow
Listen to podcasts of the 2010 Writers' Talks events whith Andrew Motion, Margaret Drabble and Michael Morpurgoand others.