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Architectural Trompe L'Oeil Stephen Taylor Tuesday 18 June 2019

Stephen Taylor is an artist and art historian.  He studied John Constable as a post graduate at Essex and Yale, taught art at Felsted School and went on to became Head of Painting at The Open College of the Arts and course director for the Inchbald School of Design. In 2000, Stephen turned to landscape painting with early shows at King's College Cambridge, Meisel’s New York and Vertigo in London. He now has pictures in private collections world-wide and his recent book Oak: One tree, three years, fifty paintings featured in The Guardian, The New Statesman and on Oprah Winfrey’s web site.

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Painted illusionistic architecture has been used to enrich private and public interiors since ancient Rome. Inspired by a variety of Roman originals, Renaissance Italians developed decorative schemes that influenced the courts of Europe for generations - with results that can still be seen in today’s homes. Panelling, fixtures and fittings were integrated within architectural designs, and the introduction of movable oil paintings into these schemes shaped the evolution of picture hanging.

Artists and Houses included in the lecture are : Fresco styles at Pompeii; Nero’s Golden House; Palladio and Veronese at the Villa Maser;  Mantegna & Giulio Romano at the court of Mantua; Inigo Jones at Wilton House & a selection of modern trompe l’oeil artists.