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Bottoms up: a history of art through drinks and drinking

Ten-week art history and theory course

Short course

  • 20 January 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 27 January 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 3 February 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 10 February 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 17 February 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 24 February 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 2 March 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 9 March 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 16 March 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 23 March 2020, 6.30 — 8pm

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Vincent van Gogh, The Drinkers (detail), 1890.

Oil on canvas. The Art Institute of Chicago / Joseph Winterbotham Collection.

Following on from the success of our lecture series on gastronomy, this course delves into the different portrayals and symbolism of drink in art over the centuries.

Drinks have always been more than just a means of quenching thirst. Be it water or wine, what, when and where we choose to drink can reveal more than we think about ourselves and society – something artists have always known, sometimes only too well.

In this ten-week lecture series, hear from a roster of art world experts and cultural historians as they explore what the portrayal of drinks in art can reveal about the social, political and cultural attitudes of the day. Taking a broadly chronological and thematic approach, each lecture will focus on one specific drink and its depictions, connotations and symbolism within the context of art history.

From the absinthe of fin-de-siècle Paris to the mass-produced Coke of American Pop, this course promises a unique perspective on the world of art and how it has changed from antiquity right up to modern day.

Each lecture is facilitated to encourage discussion with participants as a group, to help broaden everyone’s understanding of the topic.

This course is available as a full ten-week series or as two, individual blocks of five.

Minimum age 18. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact academicprogrammes@royalacademy.org.uk.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 20 January 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 27 January 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 3 February 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 10 February 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 17 February 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 24 February 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 2 March 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 9 March 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 16 March 2020, 6.30 — 8pm
  • 23 March 2020, 6.30 — 8pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£540 for full course, £320 for weeks 1-5 OR weeks 6-10. Includes all materials, light refreshments and a wine reception at the end of weeks 5 and 10.

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