The Courtauld Symposium at Stowe 2017 Back

Join us this Summer at Stowe House, as The Courtauld Institute of Art presents a day-long series of talks held to open the exhibition The Garden at War.

Bringing together world-leading art-historians and contemporary artists, the collaborative event aims to provide an enlightening and enjoyable day for all. The talks will explore the issues and ideas raised by the exhibition on the development and relevance of Stowe and its history of neoclassicism.

The primary strand of inquiry which informs the day concerns the work of the Scottish poet and artist Ian Hamilton Finlay and the use of the gardens at Stowe as a collaborative art-form. Looking at Stowe in this manner it is possible to read its design through a number of different frameworks; from the influence of the classical world, to the work of conceptual artists, to the Enlightenment and the French landscape paintings of Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain.

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Speakers include: Professor Stephen Bann FBA CBE, Dr Patrick Eyres, Dr Joy Sleeman, Joseph Black, James Cahill, and Antoine Espinasseau.