November 2018

The Queen of Instruments: The Lute Within Old Master Paintings

Welcome to The Arts Society Cardiff
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 14:00
Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road
Canton Cardiff CF5 1QE

This lecture looks at the lute and other musical instruments as devices to express various aspects of the human character throughout the ages. Painters of the Italian Renaissance depicted golden haired angels plucking its delicate strings; in the 16th Century it became a pastime for educated courtiers as seen in paintings by Holbein and Titian. Throughout the 17th Century the lute continued to emphasise the intimate, debauched and transient pleasures of interior scenes by Jan Steen and portraits by Frans Hals. There will also be a live music performance by the lecturer.


Mr Adam Busiakiewicz

Adam Busiakiewicz is an Art Historian, lutenist and lecturer. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in History at UCL in 2010 he held the position of Head of Historical Interpretation (curator) at Warwick Castle. He left the castle in 2013 after winning a full AHRC studentship to pursue a Master’s Degree in Fine and Decorative Art at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Art History at Warwick University after winning a CADRE Postgraduate Scholarship in 2017.

Earlier in December 2014 he became the youngest Guide Lecturer at the Wallace Collection, where he regularly gives talks, tours and lectures to both public and professional audiences. He has also given lectures at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, London, and is organising a series of talks there on the lute in paintings in 2018.

Adam is currently planning a publication on the Grevilles of Warwick Castle, and has had articles published by the British Art Journal, The Sidney Journaland Hispanic Lyra. He was also the Editor of the Georgian Group's 80th Anniversary Exhibition catalogue entitled Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship (2017).