May 2023

Study morning on Bernini and Canova

The Arts Society Richmond
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 -
09:30 to 13:00
Duke Street Church Richmond TW9 1DH
Online Event

An in-person (not on Zoom) study morning of two lectures on the Italian sculptors Bernini and Canova

The study morning will be held in Duke Street Church, Richmond TW9 1DH.

In our first lecture we'll meet Gianlorenzo Bernini (c.1598-1680), not only a sculptor but also an architect and urban planner who left his mark on the city of Rome, creating churches, palaces and fountains as well as an array of remarkable statues, tombs and portrait busts. His ability to make stone appear as if it was fur, silk, satin or lace is breath-taking and he was, without doubt, the most accomplished artist of Baroque Italy.

After a coffee break we'll look at the sculptures of Antonio Canova (1757-1822) working a century later. He was a master of the Neo-Classical style. Elegant and restrained, his work was inspired by the ebullience of the Baroque and by the classicism of the antique. Like Bernini, he worked for princes and popes and his sculptures were thought to have the grace and poise of the ancient world. He worked for Napoleon and for members of his family - his masterpiece being the image of Napoleon's sister, Paulina Borghese, reclining on a couch as a scantily clad Venus. It shocked viewers at the time, but remains one of the most beautiful portraits ever created in marble.

​Meeting place - We will meet downstairs in Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.  Use the door at the back of the church - down Quadrant Road and through the first archway on the left into the church's private car park.   

Meeting time - Please be there from 9.30am in time for a 10am start. 

09.30 - Registration

10.00 - 11.00 Our lectures begin

11.00 - 11.30 Break. Coffee and biscuits will be served.

11.30 - 12.45 Second lecture

You will be emailed a ticket but you do not need to show it on arrival as we will have a list of names. You are most welcome to bring family and friends.


Miss Jo Walton

Has combined teaching and lecturing with a career in art bookselling and has been a volunteer guide at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Now a freelance lecturer for The Arts Society, the Art Fund, and Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery and local art societies.