The latest in our popular series of study days are announced below. Further days will be arranged and announced in the January issue of the News. Tickets are £40 each, plus optional lunch £5.

This Autumn the Courtauld Gallery will show an exceptional collection of ten icons from the Monastery of St Catherine's at Sinai in Egypt and nine from the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. None of the Sinai icons have ever left the monastery before now. This study day will look at the present state of our knowledge about such Byzantine icons, and ask what differences the major new discoveries of the last twenty years or so have made to art historical thinking. We will also explore the original functions of the paintings in the gallery - those from Sinai were commissioned for use at St Catherine's in the 12th and 13th centuries, painted in the monastery, and their original locations can be deduced; while several of the panels from St Petersburg were made for use in the exclusively male monasteries of Mount Athos. We will unravel the character of religious painting in the Greek East at the time of early Renaissance painting in the West from the evidence of this material. The day will include a free visit to the Courtauld Gallery.

Professor Robin Cormack is the Deputy Director of the Courtauld Institute and the Curator of the exhibition.

Dr Liz James is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex and is the author of Light and Colour in Byzantine Art.


Saturday 10 February 2001, 10am - 5pm

Sculpture and the Iconography of Landscape

Led by Dr Paula Henderson

Evolving from the Courtauld Summer School course 'Landscape as Art', this study day will focus on the relationship between sculpture and the landscape in three important periods: the Renaissance, the 18th century and the last decades of the 20th century. Led by Dr. Paula Henderson, the emphasis will be on the use of sculpture to give the garden greater meaning from the Humanist iconographical programmes of Italian and English Renaissance gardens to the expression of modern scientific theories and philosophy in late 20th century gardens. Consideration will also be given to the great variety of materials used in sculpture - from traditional carved and cast statuary and fountains to complex modern materials and earthworks and the sculpting of earthworks. The sculpting of the landscape itself will also be addressed. The day will include a free visit to the Courtauld Gallery. Paula Henderson has a Ph.D. in architectural history from the Courtauld Institute. Her book, The First English Arcadia, will be published by Yale University Press.

Michael Symes, M.Phil., the author of Garden Sculpture is the award coordinator for the MA course in Garden History at Birkbeck College.

Dr Charles Jencks is an authority on post-modern architecture. He will discuss the creation and meaning of his award-winning garden in Dumfriesshire.

P. Scheemakers, Dying Gladiator

P. Scheemakers, Dying Gladiator , Pousham House, Oxfordshire c.1740