This lecture will explore my personal favourite paintings from the rich and varied collection of paintings that make up The Barber Institute of Fine Arts Collection. Beginning with works that as yet still have no artists attributed to them, the lecture will be looking at works as diverse as Botticelli, van Dyck, Aelbert Cuyp from Rubens through to Degas and Gauguin. The lecture will place these works in that context of those from national collections; drawing parallels and contrasts..

This lecture will not only revel in the exquisite details in some of these works with detailed explanations of the meanings, but it will also look at a hidden aspect of these works and that is the appearance and function of black figures in these Masterpieces.



Leslie Primo

Holds a BA in Art History and an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London. Was Visiting Lecturer in Art History at the University of Reading in 2005 and 2007, and gives lectures and guided tours, plus special talks, at both the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.

Also lectures at the City Literary Institute, and has presented a series of talks at the National Maritime Museum and the Courtauld Institute