Meet at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London at 11am.
Since the invention of perspective is linked to representing architecture, we will look at Renaissance paintings that celebrate perspective through complex depictions of buildings. We will also discuss the role played by detailed architectural backgrounds in religious scenes, in 17th-century fantasy classical cities, and in austere Dutch paintings of churches. Dutch domestic scenes of ordinary courtyards will be examined to reveal the relationship between subject, technique and message. The transformation of buildings through light and weather in 19th-century paintings are also great examples of the paradox of shifting viewpoints and solid architecture. Examples will be chosen from across the collection.
Each tour costs £10 or all four for £36.