Meet at the Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery, London at 11am.
Starting with Renaissance paintings, we will see how artists responded visually to written interpretations of biblical stories, classical texts and Renaissance books on art. We will look at paintings which allude to the contest for supremacy between Art and Poetry. Portraits including books will be discussed (1500s-1800s) to reveal the conflation of wealth and culture, suggested by their presence. We will finish with 19th century paintings of modernity, a theme described by both painters and writers who influenced and encouraged each other but argued over which language best captured its essence. Examples will be chosen from across the collection.
Each tour costs £10 or all four for £36.