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European interior design through paintings 1480 - 1920 Diana Lloyd Tuesday 08 October 2019

The study of the History of the Interior became important from 1950. By looking at the background of paintings one can have a very reasonable idea of what the Interiors of that particular time looked like. The artists who have focused on the Interior behind their figures, are not normally the most well-known painters in History of Art.

The Italian artists of the late 15th century show their handling of perspective through beautiful floors and the rich wall coverings of the period often feature behind “The Birth of the Virgin”.  Holbein includes, at times, details of the Interior and of course the 17th century Baroque style is well covered by the great Dutch Painters – Vermeer and De Hooch.

William Hogarth introduces the interiors of the Early Georgian period and the Rococo style is seen through Francois Boucher’s ‘conversation pieces’. Devis and Zoffany will show more possibilities for the English 18th century Interior. By the late 1700s watercolours of the interior become common place and we shall see some by Turner.

The great French artist, Ingres, did some superb portraits with the sitter leaning on the mantelpiece in front of a large mirror which reflects the interior and the objects of the early 19th century.  The numerous styles favoured in the 1800s will be seen through the paintings of Robert Braithwaite Martineau, Holman Hunt and Whistler amongst others.

Vuillard, Bonnard and Duncan Grant will finish the story.  

Diana Lloyd: Freelance lecturer in ceramic, glass and the history of interior decoration in Europe, North and South America. Lectures at the Inchbald School of Design, the Interior Design School and for American University Groups, National Trust and Antiques Societies and Christie's Education. Guides groups through museum collections and country houses. Collects ceramics and glass. Diploma with Distinction in the Fine and Decorative Arts, Inchbald School of Design.