The Woodgates


Masterpieces in the National Gallery
The National gallery contains one of the greatest collections of European paintings in the world. Unusually, the collection is hung in chronological order, rather than by nationality, and this enables the visitor to follow the development of European art from the 13th century to the end of the 19th century. In this lecture we will look in detail at many of the finest works in the collection and, in doing so, study changes in European art over a period of 600 years.

Tate Britain
Home of the National Collection of British art, Tate Britain displays a magnificent collection of six centuries of art produced in Britain, and is the world centre for the study and enjoyment of British art and culture. The gallery contains major works by artists such as Hogarth, Gainsborough, Stubbs, Constable, Turner, the Pre-Raphaelites, Hockney and Bacon. This lecture will examine highlights of the collection housed at Tate Britain presenting, in effect, a history of British art from the Tudors to the present day.

Tate Modern
Tate Modern opened in May 2000 and is one of the most popular museums of modern art in the world. It houses the Tate’s collection of international twentieth-century art, including major works by some of the most popular and influential artists of the century, such as Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Warhol and Stanley Spencer. It is also the gallery for the twenty-first century, collecting and exhibiting new art. This lecture will give an insight into the collection and the way in which the works are displayed.

Art Treasures of Paris
The beautiful city of Paris is a treasure house for the art lover. Not only is it the birthplace of modern art, it is also home to some of the world’s most significant examples of medieval and Renaissance art. In this lecture we will look at some of the most celebrated works of art to be found in the city museums, and get to know some of the less well-known museums and monuments.

Art Treasures of Madrid
The many museums in Spain’s capital city provide a visual feast for the visitor. In this lecture we will concentrate on the collections of the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen- Bornemisza, all within easy walking distance of each other in the heart of the city. These museums house many of the most significant paintings in the history of European art.