A window on the past: Festivals, processions and celebrations in late medieval Renaissance

Monday 17 June 2019


The Talk

The art of the late Middle Ages can give us a vivid picture of life at that time, which is depicted with increasing realism as we move into the Renaissance period. The paintings also recreate the atmosphere of the popular festivals, religious processions and mystery plays that were regular events in the calendar of many ordinary people. Illustrated with rare medieval manuscripts as well as the work of renowned artists such as Bruegel and Botticelli, this lecture shows how art can offer a fascinating glimpse into the detail of life in late medieval Europe – and encapsulate the world view that underpinned it.

The Speaker

Richard Whincop is a figurative artist, designer and lecturer. He combines skills in traditional painting and contemporary design to produce visually arresting works that are rich in meaning. He also uses the latest design software to create innovative artworks tailored to unique architectural spaces. An experienced Art History lecturer, Richard lives in Lavant, West Sussex, and works and exhibits worldwide.

Participant information

The talk will start with refreshments at 6pm and will begin at 6.30pm, duration of about 1 – 1 1/2 hours.

Fee and refreshments

£14 per person, £12 for Museum Annual Members; £5 for Weald & Downland Museum Volunteers. Book 5 places and get the 6th place free. To include tea, coffee and cake from 6pm. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.


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