The Art Fund April 2010 Lecture
Cracking Codes: Botticelli and Bletchley Park took place on Monday 26th April 2010, at St. James Concert & Assembly Hall, St. Peter Port, Guernsey.
Lecturer Robert Cumming, currently Director of British Programmes for the Boston University of London talked about how Old Master paintings are rich in coded and symbolic messages and they need to be decoded just as the code breakers at Bletchley Park had to break the Enigma code in World War II. This fascinating talk took a close look at one of the most famous paintings of the Renaissance, Botticelli’s “Primavera”, and explained why and how it, and many other Renaissance masterpieces, brilliantly exploited and developed this rich language, and how it still says a lot to us today.
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