History and Appreciation of Art

The activity of the group is to further our understanding and appreciation of art through an illustrated talk from the leader and with contributions from the group. All are welcome; whether expert or not come and join in the conversation, find out more about the wonderful and surprising world of art


Robert Sedgley

Deputy Leader:

Mike Ponting

Email: History & Appreciation of Art

Telephone: 960 446 034

4.30pm to 6.30pm beginning October.

Meetings are at 4.30 on the first Monday of the month at the CPC

(for current changes please see the yellow panel below)

Next Meeting

Paul Nash: Art of the First World War

We have now been running for four years and have come in our chronological survey up to the end of the Nineteenth Century, and are on the cusp of the revolution in the visual arts that we call Modernism. For new members who wish to catch up on earlier meetings please visit the Illustrated Notes and Themes below.

However, this is by no means compulsory – we are not an exam group

”There really is no such thing as Art.  Only artists”
G. H. Gombrich
”Bad artists copy, good artists steal” 
”Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world” 

For illustrated notes of previous meetings, and timelines of artists throughout history, scroll to the bottom of the page 

1) A chronological survey of western art.

Eg, Pre historic and antique, Classical Greek and Roman, Medieval and Pre Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, High Renaissance and Venetian, Northern (Flemish and German), Post Renaissance (Mannerism, Baroque and Rococo), British Art, Eighteenth and Nineteenth century France etc. Impressionists and early development of modern art. 

This is an immense field so we will be taking only a brief glance at each period. The survey is treated in a flexible manner so if members wish to spend more or less time on any specific period or artist this can be accommodated. There will inevitably be more gaps in the fabric than covering material. 

The meetings are very informal and members are encouraged to contribute their own views and opinions of the artworks we are looking at.


2) Taking a theme from the period covered we compare how artists of other times or cultures have dealt with the topic. 


3) Members are invited to present a work from any time or place which interests, mystifies, attracts, or repels them and would like to talk about, and get everyone else talking about. 


Next Meeting

Due  to covid restrictions future meetings will be continued on Zoom.

Meetings are at 4.30 on the first Friday of the month

Next meeting: Art of the First World War

Please apply to the leader for more information and to join the meetings.

New members welcome.


Moving Pictures is a BBC radio series of nine artworks. Explore them in high resolution and find links to other works.

Click the link here then click on episodes

The Web Gallery of Art is a searchable database of European fine arts and architecture (3rd-19th centuries), currently containing over 48.000 reproductions. Artist biographies, commentaries, guided tours, period music, catalogue, free postcard and mobile services are provided.

Click here

Visual History is an educational site, in English, provided by the Toledo Museum. It provides an excellent grounding in the ‘Art of seeing Art’

Click here

Analysis of Modern Paintings

1800 to 2000

click here