Gabriel Chanan

"Michelangelo, The Creation of Adam, 1512"
Vatican, Sistine Chapel
Renaissance painting

Gabriel Chanan is a researcher and playwright. He is an experienced and entertaining public speaker. He is the author of Shakespeare and Democracy (Troubador, 2016) and a variety of reports and plays on social issues. He has had a lifelong interest in visual arts and presents here the results of his recent studies in this field. He is married to artist and demonstrator Aurora Spain.

Gabriel offers a fascinating talk on Renaissance Painting.

This talk gives a broad introduction and framework for understanding and appreciating Renaissance painting, accompanied by a slide-show of 50 illustrations.

After a brief historical outline, it focuses on the ground-breaking new techniques of the period such as perspective, foreshortening and dramatic use of light and shade. Whilst highlighting the best known artists such as Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael, it looks at how their techniques were first developed by earlier masters, and also how they were modified by later artists such as Caravaggio, Veronese and the only woman artist who managed to establish herself in this male preserve, Artemisia Gentileschi (the subject of a National Gallery exhibition coming up this year). It also looks at the contrasts between the Italian school and the Dutch, such as Van Eyck, Vermeer, Breughel, Rembrandt and Rubens.

The talk is in two parts with an interval, taking up to two hours in all, including questions and discussion, which are encouraged. A projector system is needed for the powerpoint presentation. More details are available on request.

Gabriel is happy to travel 50 miles from his home in Ascot.