Travellers to and from the Middle East, Lecture 3
Date(s) - 06/16/2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Berwick Educational Association
This is one of a series of six one-hour lectures by Dr Janet Starkey (ASTENE) and Paul Starkey, Professor emeritus, Durham University, which will be delivered online. They replace the lectures which were cancelled earlier in the year. No previous knowledge is assumed and you do not need to have attended the earlier lectures.
Egypt and the Middle East have enchanted many travellers over the centuries, and these lectures provide a fascinating array of accounts and perceptions. From the earliest epic of Gilgamesh, to early Christian, Jewish and Muslim pilgrims, to medieval merchants, missionaries and fictional travel narratives; artist-travellers who influenced European images of the Middle East; and travellers from the Middle East in Europe, they travelled in pursuit of knowledge, power, diplomacy and trade, for pleasure and adventure, on pilgrimage, and to discover and plunder the exotic.
Part B. Creative influences of artist-travellers in the Middle East: from Dürer to Vanmour and beyond (Janet). French-Flemish painter Jean-Baptiste Vanmour (1671–1737), illustrated everything from Ottoman court life and ambassador’s audiences to everyday events and costumes in Constantinople’s multi-national society and inspired many travellers, painters, engravers and even composers.
Tues 16 June: Sources of Inspiration: Jean-Baptise Vanmour and other artist-travellers in Ottoman lands
The lecture will be delivered via Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please go to www.zoom.us and look at the tutorials. An invitation to the lecture will be emailed to you.